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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


23 July 2015Jonnie hopes Anniversary Games can fuel Doha and Rio ambitions

Athletics: While he is more than happy to relive his London 2012 memories this weekend, Jonnie Peacock's real desire is to add to them in Rio and beyond.

This Sunday, Doddington-based Peacock will return to the scene of his greatest achievement as he lines up at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for another Anniversary Games.

It was three years ago when Peacock stormed to 100m victory in 10.90sec at the London Paralympics and, while the 22-year-old has been back since – competing there at the 2013 Anniversary Games – any chance to run at the iconic venue is one he relishes.

However, Peacock will be the first to admit that he will not mind what position he crosses the line this Sunday as long as he can defend the 100m world championship title he won in Lyon in 2013 when the event is held in Doha later this year.

From then on it will be all systems go as he bids to do the same at the 2016 Rio Games, and Peacock will not be happy if he does not add another Paralympic title to his already impressive CV.

"I don't want to be remembered as that person that just won one Paralympic title, I want to win two or three and that is the plan," he said.

"So while it is always nice to go back and compete in London as it brings back lots of happy memories, I am really looking to add to them in the future.

"And things are going well at the moment. I have been trying to improve my starts and that is something I have really been working on of late and that is going well.

"I competed at the British Championships to work on my starts. It is good to take myself out of my comfort zone and compete against able bodied athletes who get out of the blocks easier and quicker than I do.

"In the past, that was a situation I struggled with, but I felt good at the British Championships and am pleased with it all heading into London and then Doha."

This Sunday's Anniversary Games action doubles up with another National Paralympic Day – a celebration of the legacy left behind by London 2012.

And Peacock is urging as many people to go down to support the stars of London 2012 and beyond in the capital.

"National Paralympic Day is great to recognise how great London 2012 was for Paralympic sport and the Paralympic movement in this country," he added.

"It is a couple of years now since the Games and the support is still just as strong and that is great.

"But it is important that we don't leave it there, we need to keep raising the bar and hopefully we can do that this Sunday."

Tickets for National Paralympic Day are available at Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.co.uk/npd2015/. #NPD2015 is supported by Spirit of 2012

Source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Jonnie-Peacock-hopes-National-Paralympic-Day-fuel/story-27465613-detail/story.html#ixzz3ginWa9MP