JONNIE PEACOCK will renew his rivalry with Richard Browne in Saturday’s Great North CityGames.
Paralympic and World champion Peacock and world record holder Browne will compete in the T44 para athletes men’s 100m on the pop-up track on Gateshead’s quayside at the free-to-spectate athletics event.
The two have vied for world titles since both broke on to the world stage and enjoy one of the fiercest rivalries in para athletics.
For Peacock, the Great North CityGames will be his final event before he switches his attentions to the dancefloor, as he will be taking on the challenge of Strictly Come Dancing this autumn.
The sprinter will follow in Greg Rutherford’s footsteps by completing a full season on the track before switching spikes for sequins on the hit BBC One show, becoming the first para athlete to take part in the programme.
Browne, meanwhile, will return to the track following a lengthy absence from the Great CityGames. The American missed this summer’s World Para Athletics Championships in London and was a notable absentee from last year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro through injury.
However, the 26-year-old is fighting fit and ready to take on Peacock, in a four-strong field showcasing the best of para athletics.
Michail Seitis, who won the T44 400m World Para Athletics Championships gold medal in London this summer, will line up against Ronald Hertog, the 2013, 2015 and 2017 World Championship long jump silver medallist in the 100m race on the banks of the Tyne.
With a range of events on offer from 100m sprints to the one-mile distance, and including pole-vault and long jump in a specially constructed multi sports arena on the banks of the Tyne, the Great North CityGames kicks off a weekend of first-class sporting action which encompasses the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great North Run, the Simplyhealth Great North 5k and finishes with the world-famous Simplyhealth Great North Run on the Sunday.
The athletics action is free to watch, no ticket is required, and the event is broadcast live on BBC One from 1.15pm.