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07 Sep 2012

A star is born!

The young British athlete Jonnie Peacock won the most eagerly awaited final, the 100m T44

Egged on by the 80,000 spectators at the London Olympic Stadium, the 19-year Jonnie Peacock won the gold in the 100m T44 setting a new Paralympic record of  10”90. Fourth place for Oscar Pistorius who, at the end of the race, gave a hug to the new Paralympic track and field star. Before Peacock's feat, other two British victories had thrown the home crowds into raptures: in the 800m T54, David Weir won his third gold medal at London 2012, after the ones in the 1500m and 5000m; in the 200m T34, Hannah Cockroft repeated the success achieved in the 100m, with the Paralympic record of 31”90. Much like David Weir, Russia's Evgenii Shvetcov also won his third gold yesterday at London 2012: after his triumphs in the 400m and 100m, he sealed another victory in the 800m T36. Five athletes won their second gold in these Paralympics: France's Assia El Hannouni, after the 400m, had a repeat performance in the 200m T12, setting, together with her guide Gautier Simounet, the new world record at 24”46; Germany's Birgit Kober, after her success in the javelin, also won the title in the Shot Put F32/33/34 setting the new world record at 10.25m; China's Zhiming Wang, repeated the success achieved in the discus throw by sealing another victory in the Shot Put F40, setting a new world record with a throw of 14.46m; Cuba's Omara Durand won the gold in the 100m T13, after a victory in the 400m; Ukraine's Iurii Tsaruk won the gold in the 200m T35 with a new world record, after his winning performance in the 100m.