The Paralympic 100m medallist is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Jonnie Peacock in London and has his sights set on going faster than ever
Richard Browne says the men’s T44 100m world record will be broken at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games next weekend (July 26) and the American sprinter believes that he will be the one to break it.
The 10.75 run by the Paralympic and world 100m silver medallist at London’s Olympic Stadium in 2013 remains the current world record and Browne is looking to go faster than ever on his return.
“The world record is going to go at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games and it’s going to be me who breaks it,” said the 24-year-old.
“Running under 10 seconds is realistic but another stage,” he added, looking further to the future. “If I put in the work my coach thinks I can run 9.9.”
The last time the single-leg amputee sprinter was beaten was at that Anniversary Games meeting in 2013 when he finished as runner up to double amputee athlete Alan Oliveira, Brazil’s Paralympic 200m champion. The American is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Britain’s Paralympic, world and European champion Jonnie Peacock at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final and fully intends to continue his winning ways.
“I’m really excited about racing back in the Stadium,” commented Browne. “The last time I raced there in 2013 was the last time I lost a race and the first time I beat Jonnie Peacock.”
He added: “I always look forward to racing Jonnie, he’s running fast and back in shape. To be the best you have got to beat the best.
“The atmosphere is always better when we race because the fans really like the rivalry. It’s not just me and Jonnie at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games though, there are four or five guys running under 11 seconds, so we’ve got to watch our backs. They’re getting better every day and new guys are coming on to the scene all the time.
“London 2012 still feels like it was yesterday,” he continued. “That’s when it all started – my progression, my rivalry with Jonnie. The support for Paralympic athletics feels like it has tripled over the last three years. The London Games was the jumping off point for this and I can’t wait to see what Rio is going to be like.”
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