Two-time Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock shrugged off cramp to claim victory in the T44 100m final and secure Britain’s eighth gold medal of the Para-athletics Championships at the London Stadium yesterday.
The 24-year-old, who is a single-leg amputee, crossed the line ahead of Germany’s Johannes Floors and Jarryd Wallace of the United States in a time of 10.75 seconds to seal the second world title of his career.
Peacock had won his heat with a personal best time of 10.64 seconds, which was 0.3secs shy of the absent Richard Browne’s world record, to signal his intentions, although it was far from plain sailing at the start line.
“It was so scary, I was cramping in my warm-up,” said Peacock. “I was stretching my hamstring over and over again and that is not a usual thing to do on the start line.”
Elsewhere, Welshman Aled Sion Davies won his third world title after throwing 51.54m in the F42 discuss to see off the challenge of Luxembourg’s Tom Habschied. Davies has the chance for further success in the shot put on Saturday.
Scotland’s Maria Lyle, meanwhile, won bronze in the T35 200m.