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Results From The Anniversary Games Paralympic Event

July 29, 2013

Brazil’s Alan Oliveira enhanced his reputation as the world’s fastest double amputee athlete as he smashed the T43 100m world record at the Paralympic Anniversary Games in London.

 

The 20-year-old ran 10.57 seconds to destroy his previous record of 10.77.

 

American Richard Browne also improved his T44 100m record to 10.75 while Britain’s Jonnie Peacock set a new British record of 10.84 seconds.

 

British wheelchair racers David Weir and Hannah Cockroft both also won.

 

Elsewhere, there were victories for Paralympic champions Richard Whitehead (T42 200m) and Aled Davies (F42 shot), while Dan Greaves took victory in the F44 discus and both Graeme Ballard (T36) and Libby Clegg (T12) won over 100m.

 

But the combined T43/44 race was the most eagerly anticipated event after the leading trio all put in strong performances at this week’s IPC World Championships  in Lyon and it did not disappoint the 60,000-strong crowd.

 

Oliveira, who broke the 100m record he set in Berlin in June, had impressed in France with three gold medals.

 

Sunday’s record was his second of the week after he broke Oscar Pistorius’s 200m world best on his way to winning that event in Lyon.

 

Speaking through an interpreter, he said: “I’m very happy to get the time and very happy to come back and experience this atmosphere.”

 

However, Oliveira again played down the idea he would try to compete at both the Rio Olympics and the Paralympics in 2016.

 

“I want to compete in the Brazilian national championships against able-bodied competitors but I’m not thinking about international competition,” he insisted.

 

 

Browne, whose time of 10.75 seconds beat the 10.83 record for single amputees he set in winning his semi-final in Lyon, told BBC Sport he believes that he and his rivals can go even faster, and in time challenge able-bodied times.

 

“10.57 from Alan is an amazing time,” he said. “I’ve run a 10.75 world record and Jonnie has run a lifetime best with a shaky start and he could have gone way faster. He’s not done yet. He will come out better next year.

 

“You are going to see sub-10.5 times – maybe even 10.2. If anyone can do it, it is us. I want to run in able-bodied competition.

 

“Oscar [Pistorius] broke down so many barriers for us and we owe him a lot of gratitude because he showed the world it isn’t crippled people trying to run, it is the best athletes in the world.

 

“I think there will be more than one amputee in the Olympics by 2016. I think the IAAF [athletics’ world governing body] have to be ready for it and get their rules ready.”

 

Pistorius was only cleared to run in able-bodied competition in 2008 after first being banned by the IAAF and then successfully appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who laid down strict criteria on the length of his blades.

 

And it is likely that any other amputee sprinter who wants to compete against able-bodied runners would have to go down the same route.

 

 

Peacock told BBC Sport he was disappointed not to have made more of the favourable conditions in front of his home crowd.

 

“The conditions were perfect for me to run a great time and I didn’t make use of them and execute the race I should have done,” said the 20-year-old.

 

“Alan and Richard did and they had great times because of it. I wish we had had those sort of conditions at the Worlds.

 

“I just panicked at the start and lost it. I don’t think my drive phase was very good either.

 

“I am capable of those times and I really want more races against Richard. He got me today, I got him in Lyon. He is running good races and if I make a mistake it won’t be my day.”

 

Elsewhere, Cockroft was dominant in her T33/34 100m race, setting a new stadium record of 17.80 seconds in blustery conditions.

 

“It was louder than I remember and being back where you made your name was incredible,” she told BBC Sport.

 

Four-time London gold medallist Weir, who opted to miss the World Championships, was a class above the rest of the field in the rarely-run T54 one mile event, posting a new world record time of 3.16.40.

 

Whitehead passed Australian Scott Reardon with a trademark late surge to win the T42 200m, while Davies set a new stadium record in the F42 shot put, although his mark of 14.31m was just short of his world record of 14.71.

 

Greaves gained some revenge on American rival Jeremy Campbell, who took his world title in Lyon, with his winning throw of 57.42m well clear of the Paralympic champion’s 49.40m.

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