PEACOCK FLOORS HIS RIVALS
TWO-TIME Paralympic winner Jonnie Peacock added the world title to his list of successes with a clear T44 100m victory though it didn’t come as easily as it looked.
Arguably Britain’s bestknown para athlete won in a time of 10.75 into a slight 0.6m headwind.
Drawn in lane four, the 24-year-old didn’t get the greatest of starts and he trailed US rival Jarryd Wallace initially but by halfway he was ahead and the home crowd roared him home to a clear victory.
Behind him, Germany’s Johannes Floors, who won the following day’s 400m in 46.67, was also finishing quickly and his 10.89 saw him rocket past Wallace (10.95). The times were a slight disappointment after the heats, which had been run in better conditions.
Despite easing back and looking round, Peacock had won his heat in a European record 10.64 with a 0.3 tailwind. Floors was second in 10.89, while Wallace won the other heat in 10.82.
“That was so scary,” said the winner. “I got cramp in my hamstring in the warm-up and I was stretching it over and over which is not something you are normally doing at the start.
“I was so thankful I got to the line in one piece. I am over the moon I managed to do it.
“Coming back to this stadium is insane. The heats showed I was in good form and should have dipped for the world record.”
Jonnie Peacock: got gold after a European record
in his heat