18 July 2019
Peacock and Browne rivalry headlines Anniversary Games in London
Paralympic gold medallist Jonnie Peacock will renew a longstanding rivalry by facing American Richard Browne at this weekend’s Anniversary Games.
The 26-year-old is the reigning world champion, having won his second T44 world title in front of a home crowd in London in 2017.
World record holder Browne has been added as a late addition to the line-up and won the past two encounters between the pair at the Anniversary Games.
The duo, who are first and second on the all-time list in the classification, will face off in the T44-47-64 on at 16:11 on Saturday.
Just before that heavyweight clash, the track will be clear for the T33-34 100m at 16:03 where European champion Kare Adenegan heads a field in which a host of young Brits will compete.
On Sunday, Britain’s Stef Reid will contest the T44-64 long jump at 13:20 alongside teammate Kirsty Taylor, France’s Angelina Lanza and USA’s Beatriz Hatz.
The 2017 world champion is relishing the chance to perform in a stadium that not only housed her first world title, but also the silver medal from the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
“For me, the Anniversary Games is another opportunity to relive the moments of London 2012,” Reid said.
“It’s an opportunity for me to move forward. The quality of the meet affects how I perform and I love performing on a big stage.
Stef Reid after winning T44 Long Jump gold at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships in London (Getty Images)
“It just really sets me up for my season going forward.
“The way that the Anniversary Games is integrated with the Paralympic sports is great, but it’s also unusual. Most meets put them at the beginning, or at the end of their programme.
“But at the Anniversary Games, Para athletes feel really, really celebrated. For them, it’s not an issue, it’s just sport and we’re just athletes.
“It sends a powerful message to everyone watching, that this is about making the most of what we have and celebrating that.”
After Reid jumps into action, attention will turn back to the track where the T53/54 800m will be contested with European bronze medallist Richard Chiassaro leading the field.
Another sprinting showdown takes place at 13:55 when the star-studded T35-38 100m line-up takes centre stage.
Paralympic champions Sophie Hahn and Kadeena Cox will battle it out alongside former world champion Katrina Hart and reigning T38 long jump world champion Olivia Breen.
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