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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion

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27 July 2015Jonnie confident of world championship victory over unbeaten Richard Browne

The culmination of the three-day Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games took place yesterday at the Olympic stadium with Britain’s finest disabled athletes taking to the track in front of 20,000 fans.

The penultimate race of the programme was the only meeting this season between Peacock and the trash-talking Browne before they take to the startline of the IPC world athletics championships in Doha in late October.

Peacock, 22, whose T44 100m Paralympic victory was watched by an audience of 6.3m three summers ago, came second 11.02secs – as Browne, 24, stormed home in 10.96, maintaining his three-year unbeaten streak.

Though the world-record holder Browne will start as favourite in Qatar, Peacock does not plan to give up the world crown he won in 2013 without a fight.

“I’m a lot happier than I thought I would be,” he said. “I got the first 10m and last 20 wrong and ran a good 10-60m. I lost my composure a little bit and let him have it.

“We’ve just got to make sure in the next race I fix it. Maybe it’s a bit of lack of sharpness. I’m not worried. People are going to go unbeaten but it will also come round that people get beaten.”

Browne and Peacock is a rivalry that could define the generation of disability sport post-London Games. Browne, whose world record of 10.75 was set here two years ago, screamed: “23 in a row, baby! I haven’t lost since 2013. I said to Jonnie then I’d never lose another race – and I plan to keep that promise.”

If Peacock losing on home soil was hard to watch, then so was the sight of David Weir, previously undefeated in major races in E20, finishing fifth in the T54 1500m.

The wheelchair racer, whose time of 3:04.80 was 0.65secs behind Switzerland Marcel Hug’s season best, blamed illness, injury and fatigue on the defeat.

“I have just been really ill this month,” said Weir, 36. “First, my shoulder went. Then I had throat infections and tonsillitis. I need consistent training to get me where I want to be.

“I’m disappointed, but what I could have done more? I gave it my best and it wasn’t good enough.”

Thankfully there were plenty of British successes to bring some much-needed warmth to an otherwise unseasonably chilly July afternoon with victories for Hannah Cockroft (T34 400m), Libby Clegg (T12 200m), Richard Whitehead (T42 200m) as well as sensational world-records performances from Sophie Hahn (T38 100m) and Georgina Hermitage (T37 400m).

Source: http://www.express.co.uk/sport/othersport/593953/Jonnie-Peacock-world-championship-Richard-Browne-Paralympic