Anniversary Games: Alan Oliveira’s new 100m record puts Rio 2016 in spotlight

 

The Olympic Stadium

That the last world record on this track went to a Paralympic athlete seemed a fitting finale to the closing act of the first part of the Olympic Stadium’s life. It has played host to the transformation of a movement and on Sunday it hosted a full-house of 65,000 to celebrate what Paralympic sport has become to this country in the space of a year. Outside the Paralympic Games it is the largest ever audience for such an event.

It was also perhaps apt, and certainly timely for the Paralympic movement, that the man who broke that record was a Brazilian, the brilliant Alan Oliveira, because what happens three years from now in Rio will demonstrate whether the level of support will spread beyond these shores.

“You fill out 65,000 seats and it’s apparent Paralympic sport is wanted,” said Jonnie Peacock, gold medal winner last year but third on Sunday. “I think it’s definitely a British thing right now. I don’t think you could go over to America and think it will be the same because it’s just not. But London 2012 was huge for Paralympic sport and the British public just ate it up.”

Oliveira will be the face of Rio 2016 and he brought the house down at the home of London 2012 with a stunning run to win the T43/44 100m – crossing the line in 10.57 seconds and breaking his own T43 world record by 0.2sec. Second across was the brash American Richard Browne in 10.75sec, a new world record in T 44 class. Peacock’s time of 10.84sec, however,  was a personal best.

Browne had only taken the record off Peacock at the World Championships in Lyons earlier in the week and the times of the three young men – Browne, who turns 22 in September, is the oldest – are getting quicker and quicker seemingly every time they set foot on the track.

It left a buoyant Browne to make the bold claim that one day one of them will go under 10sec. Peacock shook his head when asked whether he agreed, but Browne believes it can be done and believes the sight of  amputees running against able-bodied athletes in the Olympics will become ever more common place.

“Sub-10 is most definitely possible,” said Browne. “If anybody can go sub-10, it’s us. There’s going to be more than one in the able-bodied Olympics by 2016. Regardless of what’s going with Oscar [Pistorius], he broke down so many doors for us and we all owe him gratitude because he showed the world it’s not just crippled people trying to run, we’re athletes; the best athletes in the world. We will break the able-bodied barrier, to the point where we have it all together.

“The IAAF are going to have to  be ready. They have no choice but to get ready. They just need to get their rules ready. I talk to a lot of the able-bodied guys and they accept us with open arms. There are no advantages here. If you cut Usain Bolt’s leg off, he’s not going to go 9.5. I guarantee you.”

If Oliveira, Browne or Peacock wanted to run in able-bodied competition they would have to have their blades cleared by the IAAF, the sport’s governing body. Pistorius went through the process but when he was finally given approval that was only for his particular blades – each case would be judged on an individual basis.

Peacock, though, does not believe amputees would be able to compete in the 100m. “He loves to talk,” he said of Browne and grinned. “It’s a big call. In the 100m I don’t think you’re going to see amputees. You put us next to Usain Bolt and we’re going to get  absolutely destroyed in the first 20m. In the 200m, possible – Alan’s done great things. And you’ve seen other people do it in the 400m because there’s more time to bring it back.”

Britain’s other blade runner, Richard Whitehead, with his blades painted gold, did manage a repeat of his victory last year, storming through the field to win the T42 200m. “Coming through the field was a  recollection of London 2012,” he said. “Today was about legacy, sustaining Paralympic sport and inspiring people.”

It was a point of view echoed by  another British victor, Dan Greaves, who took the F44 discus. “It was great to be back in the stadium,” said Greaves. “The amount of support for Paralympic sport is unreal and it shows that they are understanding that it is elite sport. Hopefully, we are pushing the movement forward and we can have this every year.”

Sport
Mourinho lost his temper as well as the match
sportLiverpool handed title boost as Sunderland smash manager’s 77-game home league run
Voices
Sweet tweet: Victoria Beckham’s selfie, taken on her 40th birthday on Thursday
voices... and her career-long attack on the absurd criteria by which we define our 'betters', by Ellen E Jones
Arts & Entertainment
Billie Jean King, who won the women’s Wimbledon title in 1967, when the first colour pictures were broadcast
tv
News
Snow has no plans to step back or reduce his workload
mediaIt's 25 years since Jon Snow first presented Channel 4 News, and his drive shows no sign of diminishing
VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Life & Style
food + drinkWhat’s not to like?
Voices
Clock off: France has had a 35‑hour working week since 1999
voicesThere's no truth to a law banning work emails after 6pm, but that didn’t stop media hysteria
Arts & Entertainment
Maisie Williams of Game of Thrones now
tvMajor roles that grow with their child actors are helping them to steal the show on TV
Life & Style
Lana Del Rey, Alexa Chung and Cara Delevingne each carry their signature bag
fashionMulberry's decision to go for the super-rich backfired dramatically
Arts & Entertainment
Kingdom Tower
architecture
Life & Style
Sampling wine in Turin
food + drink...and abstaining may be worse than drinking too much, says scientist
Arts & Entertainment
Game of Thrones writer George R.R. Martin has been working on the novels since the mid-Nineties
books
News
Easter a dangerous time for dogs
these are the new ones. Old ones are below them... news
News
Brand said he
people
Voices
Actor Zac Efron
voicesTopless men? It's as bad as Page 3, says Howard Jacobson
Sport
Roger Federer celebrates his victory over Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo Masters
sport
Arts & Entertainment
The monster rears its head as it roars into the sky
film
Voices
For the Love of God (2007) The diamond-encrusted skull that divided the art world failed to sell for
its $100m asking price. It was eventually bought by a consortium
which included the artist himself.
voicesYou can shove it, Mr Webb – I'll be having fun until the day I die, says Janet Street-Porter
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition iPad app?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Apprentice IT Technician

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is a company that specializ...

1st Line Technical Service Desk Analyst IT Apprentice

£153.75 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company is an innovative outsourcin...

1st Line Helpdesk Engineer Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: This company has been providing on site ...

Sales Associate Apprentice

£150.00 per week: QA Apprenticeships: We've been supplying best of breed peopl...

Day In a Page

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe: Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC

How I brokered a peace deal with Robert Mugabe

Roy Agyemang reveals the delicate diplomacy needed to get Zimbabwe’s President to sit down with the BBC
Video of British Muslims dancing to Pharrell Williams's hit Happy attacked as 'sinful'

British Muslims's Happy video attacked as 'sinful'

The four-minute clip by Honesty Policy has had more than 300,000 hits on YouTube
Church of England-raised Michael Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith

Michael Williams: Do as I do, not as I pray

Church of England-raised Williams describes the unexpected joys in learning about his family's Jewish faith
A History of the First World War in 100 moments: A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife

A History of the First World War in 100 moments

A visit to the Front Line by the Prime Minister's wife
Comedian Jenny Collier: 'Sexism I experienced on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

Jenny Collier: 'Sexism on stand-up circuit should be extinct'

The comedian's appearance at a show on the eve of International Women's Day was cancelled because they had "too many women" on the bill
Cannes Film Festival: Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or

Cannes Film Festival

Ken Loach and Mike Leigh to fight it out for the Palme d'Or
The concept album makes surprise top ten return with neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson

The concept album makes surprise top ten return

Neolithic opus from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson is unexpected success
Lichen is the surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus, thanks to our love of Scandinavian and Indian cuisines

Lichen is surprise new ingredient on fine-dining menus

Emily Jupp discovers how it can give a unique, smoky flavour to our cooking
10 best baking books

10 best baking books

Planning a spot of baking this bank holiday weekend? From old favourites to new releases, here’s ten cookbooks for you
Jury still out on Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Jury still out on Pellegrini

Draw with Sunderland raises questions over Manchester City manager's ability to motivate and unify his players
Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

Ben Stokes: 'Punching lockers isn't way forward'

The all-rounder has been hailed as future star after Ashes debut but incident in Caribbean added to doubts about discipline. Jon Culley meets a man looking to control his emotions
Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

Mark Johnston: First £1 million jackpot spurs him on

The most prize money ever at an All-Weather race day is up for grabs at Lingfield on Friday, and the record-breaking trainer tells Jon Freeman how times have changed
Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail. If you think it's awful, then just don't watch it'

Ricky Gervais: 'People are waiting for me to fail'

As the second series of his divisive sitcom 'Derek' hits screens, the comedian tells James Rampton why he'll never bow to the critics who habitually circle his work
Mad Men series 7, TV review: The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge

Mad Men returns for a final fling

The suits are still sharp, but Don Draper has lost his edge
Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground as there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit

Google finds a lift into space will never get off the ground

Technology giant’s scientists say there is no material strong enough for a cable from Earth into orbit