30th August 2021
DRAMATIC JOINT BRONZE FOR JONNIE PEACOCK IN TOKYO
Jonnie Peacock played his part in one of the most dramatic races in Paralympic history to share T64 100m bronze at Tokyo 2020.
Peacock (coach: Dan Pfaff, club: Charnwood) won gold in both London and Rio and came into the final with the third fastest time from the heats, behind German duo Felix Streng and Johannes Floors.
The Brit got out of the blocks well but Streng surged ahead from the halfway stage, narrowly winning gold in a time of 10.76s (+0.3m/s), with Costa Rican Sherman Guity Guity taking silver just 0.02s back.
And after waiting more than three minutes for his fate to be confirmed, Peacock shared bronze with Floors after both crossed the line in 10.79s – a time faster than he ran to win either of his Paralympic titles.
“One side of me is super happy that I was able to turn my season around and be competitive in that race. The other side of me, after I’d watched it back, was really annoyed,” he said.
“I was in a really good position at 60 metres. If you had asked me before the race for that, I would have said ‘no way I am taking that gold’.
“I’ve come back from a few injuries this year. Next year is going to be big. I know what I am capable of.
“All I can say is I’m really looking forward to next year, and Paris is only three years away.”
Earlier on in the fourth evening of athletics, Columba Blango (Chris Zah, Shaftesbury Barnet) impressed as he safely progressed to the T20 400m final.
Blango won the European title in a European record in June and the 29-year-old stormed through the opening 300m before easing down the home straight to finish second in his heat in a time of 48.78s.
Venezuela’s Luis Rodriguez Bolivar won the heat in a time of 48.72s, with heat one winner Deliber Rodriguez Ramirez of Spain. the fastest into the final with a time of 48.57s.
“That was a very tough heat to run. My advantage is my speed so I tried to maintain it to the home straight and hold on,” said Blango, whose Dad represented Sierra Leone in the decathlon at the 1980 Olympic Games.
“I gave everything I had to get to the final.
“You never know what is going to happen tomorrow. I just need to relax now and be ready for the final.”
The British medallists (9):
Andrew Small – Men’s T33 100m
Hannah Cockroft – Women’s T34 100m
Sophie Hahn – Women’s T38 100m
Thomas Young – Men’s T38 100m
Kare Adenegan – Women’s T34 100m
Harri Jenkins – Men’s T33 100m
Maria Lyle – Women’s T35 100m and 200m
Jonnie Peacock – Men’s T64 100m