jonnie’s On top of the world

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Doddington athlete Jonnie Peacock is on top of the world after he added another gold medal to his collection.

The London Paralympic 2012 champion beat USA rival Richard Browne and struck gold in the T44 100m at the IPC World Athletics Championships in Lyon, France, last Tuesday.

The Briton had to beat a very confident Browne who in the semi-final had broken Peacock’s world record by 0.02 seconds to take it to 10.83 seconds.

The 20-year-old British sprinter (pictured) said: “I must say a massive thanks to my coach Steve Fudge for keeping my head on and focused!”

Peacock has come a long way since he ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester just 14 months ago.

Browne, a 21-year-old from Mississippi, won silver behind Peacock at last year’s Paralympics and in June he equalled the Briton’s world record of 10.85 seconds in Florida but the record did not stand as the meeting was not sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee.

Peacock took on Browne again on Sunday in the Anniversary Games - a celebration of the first birthday of last year’s Olympic and Paralympic success - which was televised on Channel 4.

Brazil’s Alan Oliveira cemented his reputation as the world’s fastest double amputee athlete as he smashed the T43 100m world record in London. He ran 10.57 seconds to eclipse his previous record of 10.77.

Browne also improved his T44 100m record to 10.75 while Peacock set a new British best of 10.84 seconds. The combined T43/44 race was the most eagerly awaited event.

Peacock told BBC Sport: “The conditions were perfect for me to run a great time and I didn’t make use of them and execute the race I should have done.”