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Peacock sprints home to win gold as Lyle collects bronze

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on 16-07-2017 22:01

Sprinter Jonnie Peacock claimed Britain’s eighth gold medal as he stormed to victory in the T44 100m final at the World Para athletics Championships.

The 24-year-old two-time Paralympic champion finished in 10.75 seconds for his second world title.

Peacock crossed the line ahead of German Johannes Floors and American Jarryd Wallace.

And the sprinter admitted afterwards that he was struggling with cramp earlier in the evening and feared he may not be able to complete the race.

"It was so scary, I was cramping in my warm-up," he said. "I was stretching my hamstring over and over again and that is not a usual thing to do on the start line. I'm so thankful I finished in one piece.”

And he was full of praise for the support from the home fans at the London Stadium who cheered him to victory.

He added: "Coming back here is insane. There is no other place that treats para-sport like this. We have taken it a step on. If we could have every World Championships here, that would be great as the way everyone laps it up is insane."

Earlier in the evening, Maria Lyle followed up her bronze in Rio with a third place in the T35 200m.

And Lyle finished third in the race with a season’s best time behind Australian Isis Holt.

"There is no other place that treats para-sport like this. We have taken it a step on. If we could have every World Championships here, that would be great as the way everyone laps it up is insane." Jonnie Peacock

Lyle said: "I'm happy, I was injured and I have only been able to sprint since Wednesday.

"I want to thank the crowd. It is amazing, the busiest crowd I have ever run with and in Para events we don't normally get this. I was not in the best shape coming in so I thought I would just enjoy myself and I did.

"I really want to run (in the 100m) and redeem myself as it was not the best performance, but I have to remember I was injured."

In the T54 1500m, Britain's Richard Chiassaro finished second in his heat to progress but came eighth in the final.

British 18-year-old Julie Rogers came sixth in the T42 100m final and European silver medallist Sam Ruddock came seventh in the F35 shot put.

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