12 November 2013Peacock relishing Glasgow opportunity
Sprinter looking for a strong start to 2014 as he competes in his first high profile indoor meet
Jonnie Peacock has praised the greater integration of para events into the programme at the Glasgow British Athletics International Match in January.
Having rounded off his season with T44 100m victory at the Great North CityGames in September, which also saw both Olympic and Paralympic stars compete, the world and Paralympic champion is looking forward to getting back into action at what will be the first high profile indoor meet of his career.
“The British public have really taken to disability sport since London, and it was great to have a number of high-profile meets over the summer before a major championships,” commented Peacock, who renewed his rivalry with US sprinter Richard Browne at the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games in London in July, when Browne improved the world record he took from Peacock at the semi-finals of the IPC World Championships in Lyon to 10.75.
“2013 has been an interesting year for me,” he continued. “With the emergence of Richard, there was a lot of hype in the build-up the IPC World Championships, so to go out there and take the gold medal shows that I’m capable of producing my best on the big stage when it matters.
“The Glasgow British Athletics International Match will give me that early test to get a gauge of where I am in terms of my training, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Although last year’s programme in Glasgow featured four para-athletics events – in the women’s T37 60m, women’s T11/12 60m, men’s T46 60m and women’s F44/46 long jump – the 2014 edition will be the first time that results from the para events will contribute to the overall team tallies.
“To have an integrated event in Glasgow shows that the sport is coming together and I will be looking to put a show on for the crowd and put some points on the board,” said Peacock.
“It’s the first time I’ve heard of points from a disabled event going towards the main run of the event which is awesome. It’s going to be a different feeling, going in there with a team atmosphere.”
Although excitement in the Scottish city will be building ahead of the Commonwealth Games, the omission of his event from the programme means Peacock won’t be back in Glasgow to compete come the summer and, although disappointed, he is quick to point out that at least disability events have a place on the programme, even if it’s not his.
“It’s fantastic to see certain Paralympic events taking place in the Commonwealth Games again. I hope that’s looked upon as strongly as the other events,” he commented.
“Obviously I’m saddened that I don’t get to go out there and compete, but if the one space that I’m not filling means someone else can be there then that’s fantastic.”