Sprinter Richard Browne excited for Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games
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Sprinter Richard Browne has had mixed fortunes at the Olympic Stadium.
The American narrowly missed out on gold to Britain’s Jonnie Peacock in the T44 100m at the 2012 Paralympics, but went on to smash the world record the following year at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games.
Now the 24-year-old is back in London once more and will be renewing his rivalry with Peacock at the IPC Grand Prix Series on Sunday, July 26.
“When we’re in the UK, there’s a big cheer when his name is called out,” said Browne.
“I don’t mind it because the pressure’s on him to win.”
Born in Jackson, Missouri, Browne said that attitudes towards disability sport is completely different to those in the UK.
He said: “Here in the States we don’t get much support.
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“When I compete in the UK, the fans really get behind us.”
The father-of-two said that despite competing around the world, he loved coming back to London.
“It’s always exciting to be back,” he said. “The UK is the Mecca of paralympic sport.
“People really care about it, and the opportunities from 2012 were great.”
Next up for Browne is the Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada in August, followed by the IPC World Championships in Doha, Qatar, this October.
He has set his sights high for next summer’s Rio Paralympics, where he aims to compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay.
“I hope to come home with three gold medals,” he said.