Peacock claims 100m world title in Lyon

Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock finishes 0.02 seconds ahead of American rival Richard Browne for T44 100m victory

Peacock / Browne London 2012 (Mark Shearman)

Jonnie Peacock stormed to T44 100m victory on Tuesday as he held off his American rival Richard Browne to take the title in 10.99.

In a highly anticipated head-to-head, Browne, who had broken Peacock’s world record in his semi-final the day before, had a much stronger start, but the British Paralympic champion powered through to pip the American into silver as he did in London last summer, with just 0.02 separating the two.

Browne’s American team-mates followed him home – reigning champion Jerome Singleton clocking 11.27 for bronze as Jarryd Wallace recorded the same time for fourth.

“I’m the luckiest guy in the world, I shouldn’t have won like that,” Peacock told More4.

When asked whether there was pressure on him to perform with Browne having clocked such an impressive time the day before, Peacock added: “There was definitely a bit of pressure for sure, but in all honesty I’ve always been capable of those times and my time should have been a lot quicker than that.”

Having been unable to claim back the world record in the final, the pair will meet again at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games next weekend, which Peacock says gives him the opportunity to “set that straight”.

Fellow Brit Richard Whitehead had earlier added to the GB medal tally as he overcame a slip at the start of the race to retain his T42 200m title in 24.79.

The versatile 37-year-old, who is world record-holder over T42 200m, 400m, half-marathon and marathon, is known for his comparatively slower starts and powerful finishes, but even he admitted the final stretch of  this 200m final was the hardest he’d ever raced as he had to make up for his poor start to hold off the likes of runner-up Scott Reardon of Australia who clocked 25.29.

Paralympic champion Whitehead had clocked a championship record of 24.49, just over a hundredth of a second off his own world record, to reach the final which saw Germany’s Paralympic T42 100m gold medallist Heinrich Popow claim bronze in 26.02.

Having successfully defended his title, Whitehead, who is the GB team captain in Lyon, will now focus on a marathon challenge that will see him run a marathon a day from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Coming on a day which had earlier seen Aled Davies grab gold in the F42 discus to add to the shot victory he had already claimed, Brazil’s Alan Oliveira was another athlete to do the double, winning the T43 100m in a championship record of 10.80 which followed his success over double the distance. He will now line up alongside Peacock and Browne at next weekend’s Anniversary Games in London.

Tatyana McFadden broke an almost five-year-old world record in winning her third gold of the championships in the T54 800m in 1:44.44. The American adds this title to those already claimed in the 200m and 5000m and is now set to contest the 100m, 400m and 1500m.

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