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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


7 September 2015Football is off the agenda as Jonnie eyes Rio Paralympics glory

Jonnie has promised to forgo football ahead of his bid for a second Paralympic Games title in Rio.

The 22-year-old from Doddington, whose lower right leg was amputated after contracting meningitis as a five-year-old, memorably won the men's T44 100m at London 2012.

Peacock was unknown to many before thriving in the partisan atmosphere of the Olympic Stadium, but will travel to his first 'away' Paralympics to a nation fanatical about football.

Today marks one year to go to the 2016 Paralympics and Peacock will not be strutting his stuff on a football pitch with friends in the next 12 months.

He broke his prosthetic foot playing five-a-side football ahead of his first big meet, at the 2010 Sainsbury's School Games, before badly twisting a knee when having a kick-about as a Paralympic champion.

"Football's not been a very kind sport to me," said Peacock, who was speaking in Manchester at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games.

"I definitely wasn't playing in the build-up to 2012. I played in one of my breaks and tore part of my knee. That was end of 2013, a week before I started training again.

"The first two weeks of training were rehab."

Steve Fudge, his coach, "wasn't very pleased, shall we put it like that?"

"Football is off the agenda," Peacock added.

Oscar Pistorius is no longer in contention after being jailed for culpable homicide of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but the T44 100m could still be one of the Games' main attractions due to the presence of another double amputee.

Brazilian Alan Oliveira is the T44 200m champion and, along with American Jarryd Wallace, is rated by Peacock as the biggest threat.

"I fully expect those two to be the biggest worries in my head when it comes to Rio," Peacock added.

"(Oliveira) is one of the guys to look out for, if not the most dangerous guy in the field.

"He's the fastest guy by a long way. He's got the best top speed."

Source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Football-agenda-Jonnie-Peacock-eyes-Rio/story-27747225-detail/story.html#ixzz3l4eyEtL0