The 2004 Paralympic gold medallist and England Athletics Hall of Fame inductee believes Jonnie Peacock needs improvement to defend his title
Paralympic gold medallist and former T46 800m world record-holder Danny Crates has called on Jonnie Peacock to up his game in time for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games if he is to knock world champion and double T44 world record-holder Richard Browne of his perch.
Peacock, the reigning T44 100m Paralympic champion, missed out on the chance of defending his 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships title in Doha this summer due to a sore on his stump and watched as Browne set a world record of 10.61.
Browne told Crates, who was working for Channel 4 as an in-field interviewer in Doha, that he is now aiming for a 100m time as low as 10.1 or 10.2 for 2016 after breaking his second world record of the championships.
Even if Browne doesn’t manage to achieve the times he has set for himself, Crates believes Peacock – who has a personal best time of 10.84 – now has much catching up to do to stay with an increasingly competitive classification.
“Jonnie’s really going to have to up his game,” said Crates. “He’s a brilliant championship performer. He can switch it on when he needs to switch it on. He’s always able to find something else.
“What he’s also good at doing is making other people under-perform while he performs,” he added. “Whether Browne can run 10.1, 10.2, I don’t know, but he certainly is down to 10.4 which means Jonnie has got to knock a huge chunk off his PB.
“But it’s not about Jonnie. It’s about Jonnie, Richard, Felix (Streng), Jarryd (Wallace) – he’s kind of been forgotten but bear in mind he did have the world record until a few weeks ago. He’ll be there too.
“It will be a great, great final no matter what. Jonnie always performs so you won’t write him off but he’s got to jump a huge leap forward now. At least four-tenths to even be in contention.”
Crates is working with the Wings For Life charity which raises funds for spinal cord research.
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» Read the extended version of Danny Crates’ interview with AW in the November 19 edition of the magazine