THE biggest rivalry in para athletics will be renewed when Jonnie Peacock and Richard Browne line up in the 100m at this month’s Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester.
Peacock, the double Paralympics gold medallist, world and European champion will take on Browne, Paralympic silver medallist and three time world champion in a mouthwatering T44 100m race on the specially-constructed track in the city centre of Manchester, live on BBC Television on Friday, 26 May.
The pair have enjoyed a fierce rivalry over the last five years and are expected to lock horns again in this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships in London.
They will relish the opportunity to face off this month though, with German sprinter Felix Streng and South African Arnu Fourie completing a top-class quartet of para athletes in the sport’s blue riband event.
Browne, 25, missed the 2016 season after being involved in a car crash, but the 100m and 200m world record holder is targeting 2017 with the World Championships on the horizon.
Peacock successfully defended his Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro last summer, and the 23-year-old is a big fan of street-level athletics events such as the Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester.
“The CityGames are great fun. The first time I was invited to one was 2013, just after London. They’re so different from everything else.
“There’s always four lanes so it’s competitive and there’s always a couple of really strong guys there. Being so close to the crowd warming up on a stage arena is cool. It’s different and the public always seem to eat it up, which is awesome.”
Marlou van Rhijn will compete in the women’s T44 100m. The Dutch double Paralympic champion over the 100m and 200m will take on 100m world record holder Sophie Kamlish in Manchester, with Paralympic silver medallist Stef Reid and Britain’s Laura Sugar for company.
The sprint track, a 250m length of specially constructed running surface, will be moved for 2017, at a new location further down Deansgate, alongside Great Northern Warehouse.
The Arcadis Great CityGames Manchester is completely free to spectate, taking athletics out of the stadium and on to the streets it will give thousands of spectators the opportunity to experience the sport from a unique perspective, while showcasing the best of Manchester on a live 90-minute programme on BBC Two and BBC Two HD from 6pm until 7.30pm.