U.S. Paralympian Richard Browne unofficially tied the world record in the men's 100-meter (T44) race today at the Star Athletics Sprint Meet in Montverde, Fla., with a time of 10.85 in a 1.7 wind. The competition is not sanctioned by the International Paralympic Committee, the global governing body for Paralympic athletics.
London 2012 Paralympic Games gold medalist Jonnie Peacock of Great Britain set the current world record June 30 at the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Trials - Track and Field in Indianapolis. Peacock and Browne went 1-2 in London.
Browne competes next at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships, June 14-16, in San Antonio, Texas. The competition serves as the U.S. qualification opportunity for the IPC Athletics World Championships, July 19-28, in Lyon, France.
In San Antonio, Browne will match-up against Blake Leeper among other American sprinters. Leeper, who was second to Peacock in Indianapolis, holds the 100m (T43) world record, 10.91, with South African Oscar Pistorius, who competed at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Leeper tied the mark in July 2012.
Browne and Leeper hope to be selected for the world championships where they will match up with Peacock.