29 July 2015Jonnie remains philosophical after defeat by Richard Browne
Three years on from the victory that made him a household name, Jonnie Peacock was unable to rediscover the form that brought him Paralympic Games gold as he lost to Richard Browne, his long-time rival, at the Olympic Stadium in London.
Peacock, who became one of the faces of London 2012 when he sprinted his way to success in the 100 metres in the T44 category for athletes with single below-knee amputation, said before the race that a time is coming where at least five athletes could run beneath the 11-second mark, but failed to do so himself yesterday.
He crossed the line in 11.02sec, behind Browne, from the United States, who finished in 10.96 on the final day of the Anniversary Games.
Browne picked up silver medals in 2012 and at the world championships the following year behind Peacock, but has been unbeaten since 2013 and holds the world record, which stands at 10.75.
The American, who believes that he can run a time as low as 10.3, admitted that he has allowed the rivalry with Peacock to “get bigger than the race” at times, but said that it continues to push him on.
“Jonnie definitely brings out the best in me,” he said. “It’s good to have him back running in form.
“Twenty-three in a row, I haven’t lost since 2013. I said to Jonnie in 2013 I would never lose another race and I plan to keep that promise.”
Peacock insisted after his first Paralympic race of the season that Browne has not taken a stranglehold on the competition.
“In 2012 I was unbeaten,” he said. “People are going to go unbeaten but at the end of the day it will come round. I’m not worried.
“Today he got out on me and I pulled him back. I just lost my composure a little bit. We’ve just got to make sure that in the next race I fix it.”