19 July 2019

‘Plenty more to come despite Anniversary Games win,’ says Peacock

Double Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock warned there was plenty of room for improvement despite a comprehensive T44-47-64 100m victory at the 2019 Anniversary Games.

The 26-year-old posted a season’s best time of 10.70 seconds and, despite a sluggish start, finished comfortably ahead of fellow Brit Ola Abidogun in second.

Peacock had been due to go head-to-head with world record holder Richard Browne but the American pulled out of the race and didn’t travel to the London Stadium.

With the pair likely to face off at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai this November, Peacock admitted he will need to perform better if he is to defend his 2017 title.

He said: “It was fine in this race – other people are running fast this year and this wasn’t that quick.

“Training has been going really well, but my start was atrocious.

“I’m going to get told off by both of my coaches for that – I don’t look forward to that conversation.

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“But this is the first time I’ve won at the Anniversary Games which is good, and it’s just been great to be back at this brilliant venue.”

Jonnie Peacock

Earlier, Rio 2016 silver medallist Kare Adenegan claimed a season’s best of her own, finishing the women’s T33-34 100m in 17.91s to lead home an all-British field.

The 18-year-old set a world record time of 16.80s on the same stage last year, and while her time was some way off that mark, she believes she is in good shape at this early point in the season.

“I’m happy with that,” she said. “It’s a season’s best and I know things are going in the right direction.

“It’s only my third 100m event of the season, so there’s a lot more to come.

“I’ve had time off and it takes a while to get back to that level, but there’s a lot of time before the World Championships so I’m feeling optimistic.

“It’s just about getting back into that world-record shape and to where I was last year.”

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