Athletics | Men's 100m | T44 Final | London 2012 Paralympic Games
- Published on: 9/7/2012
GOLD PEACOCK Jonnie GBR - Great Britain
SILVER BROWNE Richard USA - United States of America
BRONZE FOURIE Arnu RSA - South Africa
LONDON, 6 September - A pair of British victories less than 10 minutes apart, with wheelchair racer David WEIR (GBR) and lower-leg amputee sprinter Jonnie PEACOCK (GBR) triumphing in two of the most high-profile athletics events at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, sent the Olympic Stadium spectators into euphoria on Thursday night. PEACOCK succeeded Beijing 100m champion Oscar PISTORIUS (RSA) as the man to beat in the T44 men's 100m with a superb start that saw him ahead after just 10m. It was a lead that he was never to relinquish despite being pressed hard all the way to the line, which he crossed in a Paralympic record of 10.90, just 0.05 away from his own world record set earlier this summer.The 19-year-old Briton showed his maturity by living up to all the expectations heaped on his young shoulders, as the roars of 'PEACOCK, PEACOCK' rang out around the Olympic Stadium prior to the gun being fired. The unheralded Richard BROWNE (USA) provided a challenge from an unexpected direction and finished second in a personal best 11.03.
"It's surreal. For the past four days I've been in the Village. I've been trying to keep focus for that time but when you've got guys like David (WEIR, GBR) going out and getting golds you just want to go out and be a part of that. It hasn't really sunk in yet. I don't think it will ever sink in. When I crossed the line and I'd won I was waiting for the time of the board and it was a relief to win." - Jonnie PEACOCK said.
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