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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

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