3 September 2015British Blade Runner Jonnie to face US rival at Newcastle Great North CityGames
Great British blade runner, Jonnie Peacock, will come face to face with his American rival Richard Browne in the Great North CityGames next week
The pair will compete in the T44 100m head-to-head on Newcastle-Gateshead Quaysideon Saturday, September 12, which will give Peacock a chance to gain a psychological edge on his rival before the pair clash at the IPC World Championships in Doha next month.
The 22-year-old Briton famously got the better of Browne at the London 2012 Paralympics, winning the T44 100m in stunning style with an 80,000 crowd chanting his name in the Olympic Stadium in East London.
Peacock also beat his US rival at the IPC World Championships in Lyon in 2013 but Browne now holds the world record, 10.75 seconds, and is on a two year unbeaten streak, beating Peacock at the Anniversary Games in London in July.
Peacock, however, has a proven record of rising to the big occasion when major titles are on the line, so the meeting on Tyneside promises to be a fascinating prelude to the defence of the 22-year-old Cambridgeshire man’s IPC world crown in Doha next month and his Paralympic title in Rio de Janeiro next year.
“The T44 100m in Doha is going to be a big race but it’s a very similar situation to Lyon in 2013,” said Peacock. “I went there with Richard having a good season, running fast times and even breaking the world record in the heats. But I know that when it gets to the final I’m going to be on point.
“I know I can raise my game when it comes to a major championship. I’m not one to back down when the going gets tough.”
Peacock was five when he contracted meningococcal septicaemia and lost his right leg below the knee but that has not stopped him from becoming a world-beating sprinter.
He trains at the British Athletics National Performance Institute in Loughborough, under the direction of sprints coach Steve Fudge, in an elite group that also includes European 100m champion James Dasaolu, European 200m champion Adam Gemili and former World Youth 100m champion Asha Philip.
“Time has moved on since the 2012 Paralympics,” said Peacock, looking back on his career highlight. “I’ve been there and done that. I’ve got to think about the future.
“We’ve got the IPC World Championships in Doha later this year, then Rio, then the World Championships in London in 2017. So there is still a future to be had in athletics. I want to be part of that, and hopefully I will be.”
Peacock, who runs for Charnwood Athletics Club, has clocked a wind-assisted 10.80 seconds for the 100m this year and legal 10.96 seconds. Browne has run 10.78 seconds.
Also in the field in the T44 100m at the Great CityGames will be Germany’s world junior champion Felix Streng and Italy’s Emanuele Di Marino.