Peacock Takes Pistorius’s 100-Meter Sprint Title at Paralympics
British teenager Jonnie Peacock cemented his status as the world’s fastest amputee runner by winning the men’s T44 100-meter title at the London Paralympics.
World record holder Peacock, 19, won last night’s final at the Olympic Stadium in a Paralympics-best time of 10.90 seconds. Richard Browne of the U.S. finished second ahead of Arnu Fourie and defending champion Oscar Pistorius of South Africa.
“To go in front of 80,000, it was crazy,” Peacock, who had his right leg amputated at age five, told the British Broadcasting Corp. “To hear the crowd chant my name was amazing. That’s going to live with me forever.”
Pistorius, 25, also failed to defend his 200-meter title from four years ago following his surprise loss to Brazil’s Alan Fonteles Cardoso Oliveira on Sept. 2. Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner,” last month became the first amputee runner to compete at an Olympic Games.
Peacock’s gold medal was one of five won yesterday by the host nation, which rose to second in the medals standings. With three days of competition remaining, China leads with 70 golds and 183 in total. Britain and Russia each have 31 golds, though the host has won 23 more total medals.
Wheelchair racer David Weir added the 800-meter T54 to his 1,500-meter and 5,000-meter titles as he seeks to win four golds in London, while fellow Briton Sarah Storey won the women’s cycling C4-5 road race for her fourth gold at the games and a record-tying 11th of her career.
Storey is tied with wheelchair racer Tanni Grey-Thompson as Britain’s most successful female Paralympian. She won her first gold as a 14-year-old swimmer in 1992 and went on to win five in that sport before switching to cycling.
“To be even on the same page as Tanni, I don’t know if it will ever sink in,” Storey, 34, told Channel 4.
In the pool, South Africa’s Natalie Du Toit won the women’s 200-meter individual medley SM 9 for her third gold medal in London, Australia’s Jacqueline Freney set a world record to win the women’s 400-meter freestyle S7 with a time of 4 minutes, 59.02 seconds, and Britain’s Josef Craig broke the world mark to take the men’s race in a time of 4:42.81.
Mohamed Berrahal of Algeria set a world record in winning gold in the men’s F51-53 discus with a throw of 12.37 meters (41 feet).
France beat Spain 2-0 to advance to the five-a-side soccer gold-medal game against Brazil, which defeated Argentina 1-0 in a penalty shootout after the teams finished goalless. Australia and Germany advanced to the women’s wheelchair basketball final.
The games run through Sept. 9, with more than 4,000 athletes from 164 teams competing in a series of classes depending on their impairment.
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