Peacock stormed though in the men’s T44 100m final to not only beat the former title holder Oscar Pistorius, who finished fourth, but to do so by setting a new Paralympic record of 10.90 seconds as well.
“This is absolutely amazing,” Peacock told BBC Radio 5 Live after his win. “I’d have liked to have run a little bit quicker, but I did enough to hold on.”
David Weir has a tough test in the T54 800m as China’s Zhang Lixin took the lead from the first lap and held it all the way through to a mere 80m from the finish line where Weir’s strength, determination and experience saw him come through to nail gold in front of a capacity 80,000 fans.
Hannah Cockroft started Thursday’s track gold medal haul by winning the T34 200m in a Paralympic record time of 31.90 to kick-start a superb evening on the track for Team GB as they surpassed their medal target of 103 (one more than the 102 they won in Beijing 2008).