Weekly Athletic News

Peacock pitted against arch-rival Browne in the Great North City Games

Newcastle on this Saturday will see two times Paralympics champion Jonnie Peacock matched up against arch-rival American Paralympic athlete Richard Browne at the Great North CityGames in the T44 100m event. These two shares quite the history together with both of them dominating the World Paralympic scene for the past six years. Browne missed out on the 2016 Paralympics Games and 2017 IPC World Championship because of an injury so he’ll be rearing to go on this one. Peacock will be participating in his last race in the North CityGames before he goes into the TV reality show Strictly Come Dancing. With an impressive medal count for the both of them with Peacock having won two Paralympic, two Worlds, two European golds and Browne. However, missing out and coming up behind Peacock in the 2012 London Olympics, but more than making it up with a gold at the 2015 World Championship promises a great display of skill and athleticism.

Makwala fails at obtaining a medal

Botswana athlete Isaac Makwala had a disappointing end to a week with a very disappointing beginning. Largely considered a favourite in winning the 200-meter sprint at the London World Athletics Championship, he had to prematurely withdraw from the competition after being affected by the outbreak of a norovirus while staying at an IAAF sanctioned hotel in the city. Makwala though got the chance to prove his mettle when the IAAF decided to allow him to race in a time trial heat. He qualified quite easily clocking a 20.20 second well under the required 20.53 second mark. But even though he had a great time trial and had secured a spot in the semis he had to race twice in a day, and that probably took its toll with Makwala finishing at 6th place in the 200-meter sprint event at the London World Athletics Championships.

Summer Universiade sees stunning display of Javelin throwing

It was indeed a nail-biting finish to the men’s javelin competition at the Summer Universiade with both Chinese Chao-Tsun and German Andreas Hofmann both coming off with stellar 90m plus throws at the Taipei Stadium. Both were hitting consistent 80-meter throws, but the final required them to produce something outworldly, and they did. Home athlete Chao hit a 91.36 meter throw to beat Hofmann’s 88.83 meters in the penultimate round of the event thus making Universiade history with the longest ever throw in the competition and the 12th longest in the world. He set an Asian record with his final round throw, and that proved to be enough to clinch the gold, but Hofmann did add a little bit of more drama to it by following it up with a throw of 91.07 meters himself. Any one of these throws would have been enough to get gold in the recently concluded London World Athletics Championship.

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