PEACOCK SORRY FOR BROWNE’S NO-SHOW
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