Peacock and Weir strike gold

  • Last Updated: September 6 2012, 22:17 BST

British teenager Jonnie Peacock sealed his status as the fastest amputee in the world by upstaging Oscar Pistorius in the biggest race of the Paralympics - while there were more golds for David Weir and Hannah Cockroft on Thursday night.

  • Jonnie Peacock: Won 100m gold
  • David Weir: Picked up his third gold of the Games 
  • Hannah Cockroft: Claimed her second title at the Olympic Stadium 

Peacock, the 19-year-old from Cambridge, showed no regard for reputations as he stormed away from the field to win the 100 metres in 10.90 seconds, a new Paralympic record.

He came into the Games as the T44 world record holder but inexperienced on the big stage, but proved he can more than handle the occasion.

Only American Richard Browne could get close to the Briton, claiming silver in 11.03secs.

Pistorius, the defending champion, was never in contention, finishing fourth behind fellow South African and room-mate Arnu Fourie, but was quick to embrace Peacock at the finish.

Chants of 'Peacock, Peacock, Peacock' rang around the stadium before the start, which was delayed when Brazilian Alan Fonteles Oliveira appeared to twitch and the field were asked to stand up.

A faulty rather than a false start was the verdict and the added tension did not affect Peacock, who was able to race off on a lap of honour draped in the Union Flag.

Peacock told Channel 4: "It's absolutely surreal. For the past four days, this event being quite late on, you've got these guys going out getting gold and you just want to be part of that.

"This Games is definitely a legacy and to be part of that is amazing.

"I knew this crowd was going to be intense. Dave Weir going minutes before - I knew he'd win, and I knew the crowd would be on a high. We'd had a great day so far, Hannah opened up the evening with a gold. I knew they were going to do that.

"[But] I didn't think it was going to be that crazy, I was like, who's going to get a bigger cheer, Oscar or me?

"It was just surreal. I had to tell them to be quiet after a while.

"I was really annoyed with my start yesterday. This time I actually knew I could push. About 60m I started to think, 'oh crap I'm in the lead. What's going on here?'

"I was rocking a little bit. It was crazy."

Pistorius was quick to hail Peacock's gold, telling Channel 4: "What we've seen tonight is the start of an amazing Paralympics sprinter.

"I've just been watching it on the screen again and it was a great performance.

"I can't imagine how happy he must be to do this in front of his home crowd.

"Well done, it's a great time for him. He's still young and he's got a great future ahead of him.

"I was hoping to finish in the medals but the 100 is not my thing. My room-mate (Fourie) pipped me on the line for third."

Pistorius admitted he is now hoping for gold in his favourite event, the 400m.

"I'm desperate for that," he said. "I'm looking forward to the 400m."

Peacock's victory crowned a golden night for Great Britain, coming minutes after Weir had continued his relentless pursuit of quadruple gold by making it three out of three with yet another masterful ride, this time to win the 800m title.

The wheelchair racer has established himself as the hero of the Olympic Stadium in the same way Mo Farah did at the Olympics, with confident, stylish and tactically-superb racing.

And the 'Weirwolf' was at his imperious best as he devoured a world-class field to deafening roars from the enthralled capacity crown, adding the 800m crown to his 1500m and 5,000m titles.

The 33-year-old, the defending champion, tracked China's Zhang Lixin for the first lap before attacking with 250m to go.

Urged on by the whole stadium, he moved level with Zhang on the home straight before racing past to win in one minute 37.63 seconds.

Weir, who has the marathon left to come on Sunday, now even has his own battle cry thanks to the werewolf howls his team-mates have developed, adapted from the rock song Werewolves Of London by Warren Zevon.

And the 1970s track was played in the stadium ahead of the race.

Victory took his total haul of Paralympic golds to five, having won Great Britain's only two in Beijing four years ago.

"I had to dig deep tonight, it did hurt," said Weir, whose suit came undone on the first lap.

"They're all special. I've defended my title in both the distances I've won and now I've got a gold in the 5,000; I only got bronze in Beijing.

"I've really enjoyed the last six months of training. I've got the hunger back, which I thought I lost last year. I feel like I'm on top of the world at the moment.

"I dreamt about it and wished I'd come away with three gold medals, with maybe another one on the way, but you just dream of things like that. I won't believe it until I'm at home and can relax - then it might sink in a little bit more."

A fourth gold of London 2012 is now the target for Weir.

"The marathon is going to be tough, because you can't train for these emotions, going up and down," he added.

"I've done the mileage to cover all these distances, but you can't match these emotions in training. It's impossible.

"We'll see how it goes on Sunday. I've got two days left. I might train, I might not. I'm seeing my family tomorrow and that will do me good.

"It's 26.2 miles. It's not just two laps or 12 laps of the track.

"We'll see what happens on the day. I'll give it my best shot."

Earlier Cockroft completed a "breathtaking" summer by blowing away her competition and the Paralympic record to win her second gold medal.

The 20-year-old claimed she felt like she was "flying" after a dominant run in qualifying in the morning and lived up to her nickname in emphatic fashion by storming to T34 200 metres glory.

The Halifax racer, the world record holder and already the 100m champion, finished in 31.90 seconds, more than two seconds clear of the field.

So dominant is she at the event that, racing from lane six, she was already past the two competitors outside her after barely 20m and was streets clear by the time she crossed the line.

Cockroft said: "This summer has been breathtaking. It's been amazing, a dream come true. This is what I worked for four years for and I've actually done it now. I've got nothing to do now with my life, just work for Rio (in 2016) now and hopefully do it again."

Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now' played as the racers lined up on the start line and there was never a chance of anyone halting Cockroft as she roared home.

Her smiling salute to the cameras when she was introduced to the crowd was a measure of her justifiable confidence.

She insisted, though, victory had not been a foregone conclusion.

"I was in doubt on that one," she added. "Even though the 200 is my favourite event, it's my best event, it's also a lot of the other girls' favourite event - they were like 'we're coming to get you'.

"It's fair to say I was very nervous on that start line. I hit the top speed I've hit the entire Games on that race. I can't complain, Paralympic record.

"I could've just knocked a little bit more off and got a new world record, but you can't have everything, can you?

"Maybe a world record wasn't in me tonight. The gold medal was what I wanted and it's what I got. I can get a world record any time."

Melissa Nicholls finished the race in seventh.

Earlier, the son of a Star Wars bounty hunter claimed his second medal of the Games with an 800m bronze as the Russian challenge again proved too tough to crack.

Paul Blake, whose actor father played Greedo in the first film in the saga, was pipped to the T36 400m title by Evgenii Shvetcov, who celebrated another victory.

The 22-year-old Briton, who has cerebral palsy, tracked his rival for the first lap and then went ahead with 300m to go, but Shvetcov had plenty in reserve, quickly passing him again.

The Dorchester athlete was passed by another Russian, Artem Arefyev, on the final bend and ran out of strength down the home straight, but he was well clear in third to come home in 2mins 08.24secs.

He said: "The race went exactly to plan, but I was a bit tired after the 400m on Tuesday night. I kicked early and he (Shvetcov) just caught up with me with 200m to go."

Blake's bronze followed quickly after a bronze for Ben Rushgrove in the 200m, the 24-year-old clocking a new personal best of 24.83s to finish well clear of team-mate Graeme Ballard, the 100m silver medallist, in fourth.

Rushgrove, who also has cerebral palsy, could not keep the smile off his face when the crowd cheered his introduction, but he stayed focused, starting well and running a good bend to make the podium in the T36 race.

The medals kept coming think and fast for Great Britain as Ola Abidogun produced a storming finish to take bronze in the T46 100m.

The 19-year-old came through strongly at the end to finish in 11.23.

Long jump silver medallist Stefanie Reid was fourth in the T44 200m and team-mate Sophie Kamlish sixth.

Olivia Breen was eighth in the T38 200m and Gemma Prescott 13th in the F32/33/34 shot put.