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JONNIE PEA­COCK signed off for a tem­po­rary break from sprint­ing with an ut­terly dom­i­nant IPC T44 100m win, but could not hide his frus­tra­tion at yet again be­ing de­nied the chance to race his great ri­val Richard Browne.

The Bri­tish two-time Par­a­lympic cham­pion has been look­ing to take on the world record-holder for some time now. How­ever, the Amer­i­can has been a late with­drawal at both the Manch­ester and Newcastle Ci­tyGames meet­ings this year, as well as the re­cent race at the Birm­ing­ham Di­a­mond League meet­ing and was not se­lected for the World Cham­pi­onships at which Pea­cock struck gold.

In Browne’s ab­sence, Pea­cock won com­fort­ably on Ty­ne­side in 11.28 (0.0) ahead of Dutch sprinter Ron­ald Her­tog (12.19), Levi Vloet (12.31) and Olivier Hen­driks (13.38).

But the win­ner made his feel­ings about Browne quite clear.

“It’s re­ally dis­ap­point­ing for the third time in a row,” said Pea­cock, who is tak­ing part in this year’s series of Strictly Come Danc­ing (see Dip Fin­ish, p62). “I don’t know what the ex­cuses are but it just shows dis­re­spect. There are guys who have booked flights for him, spent money on try­ing to put this on, and fans who have turned out hop­ing to see it.

“I sent him a mes­sage and said ‘look there’s no pres­sure, it doesn’t mat­ter who wins – we’re com­ing here to have fun and put on a show for peo­ple, just en­joy it’. But I didn’t get a re­ply and he’s not here which is a big shame.”

Pea­cock, who had felt un­well be­fore the race, added: “That was a lot bet­ter than I thought (it would be). Just com­ing out here is so en­joy­able – it’s one of the best meets of the year.

“Since 2013, the Great Ci­tyGames have been fully be­hind para sport and there’s a lot to be said for that.”

Jonnie Pea­cock: em­phatic T44 100m win

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