Back from injury, Fen runner Jonnie Peacock at his inspirational best for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Grand Prix
14:57 13 July 2014
His winter may have been interrupted by injuries but Fenland runner Jonnie Peacock was back to his inspirational best in Glasgow yesterday.
The Paralympic and world champion took to the stage for the Sainsbury’s Grand Prix and in a thrilling finale was beaten into second place by American Richard Browne.
His time in the men’s T44 100m was 10.97 sec, 1/100th of a second behind Browne.
“Today was a great competition,” said Jonnie. “It was great to come down and compete in such a cool stadium and one that is going to be used for the Commonwealth Games.
“It’s great to get a run out, I’ve been working on my start this season and I think it showed in the race today. It’s unfortunate that I did a few mis-steps and I couldn’t put it all together.”
He added: “Congratulations to Richard Browne for beating me. Hopefully next weekend at the Anniversary Games, I’ll be able to take that back. It’s always great to race him, we’ve got a really great rivalry and it brings out the best in both of us.
“It is a slight improvement and better conditions than it was in Birmingham (at the Sainsbury’s British Championships).
“I executed the start today but couldn’t execute that last 50m, so hopefully I’ll be able to fix that next weekend and have a better race.
“I hope by the European Championships, I’ll be in better form. In training, I’ve only been able to run to 90m, and I think that showed today in my speed endurance.”
Richard said: “It is always fun to race against Jonnie in front of the UK fans – he has such huge support here.
“When we come across here to race, it’s great. He had a great front 50m and I had a better last 50m and I managed to get him at the end.
“I definitely run my best races here in the UK. I got my first start here at Crystal Palace and my first medal at London 2012 so I always love running here.
“I’m heading off to Sweden next for my first able-bodied 100m – it’s a big test for me and I’m going to have to run much better than 10.9, I will have to start better then. “I will most definitely go for the 10m T44 world record – I already have the 200m from this year, I can only get faster from here.”