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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


3 November 2016Jonnie retain's Lottery funding

Robbie Grabarz, Jonnie Peacock and Laura Sugar have retained their places within British Athletics’ World Class Performance Programme.

St Neots high jumper Grabarz is one of 15 athletes to maintain the highest level of National Lottery funding as part of the Olympic Podium programme.

It means London 2012 bronze medallist Grabarz, 29, who was fourth at the Rio Olympics in August, is still viewed as being a medal prospect for not just next year’s world championships in London, but also the Tokyo Games in 2020.

Doddington sprinter Peacock won his second successive T44 100m Paralympic gold in Rio in September.

And he is one of 23 athletes included in the Paralympic Podium programme, with high hopes of continuing his charge at the World Para Athletics Championships and in Tokyo in four years’ time.

Jonnie Peacock celebrates winning gold in the men's T44 100m final at the Rio Paralympics
Jonnie Peacock celebrates winning gold in the men's T44 100m final at the Rio Paralympics

Meanwhile, Saffron Walden runner Sugar has retained her place in the Paralympic Podium Potential scheme after finishing fifth in both the T44 100m and 200m in Rio.

British Athletics performance director Neil Black said: "2016 was an excellent year for the British Athletics teams at both the Olympics and Paralympics, winning more medals in Rio than in London 2012.

"But we are now at the start of a new Olympic and Paralympic cycle, so we need to build a team that is focused towards further success and improvement at Tokyo 2020, our selections reflect this.

"With a core group of established athletes and a large group of young and emerging talent, this is an exciting time for British Athletics."

Source: http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/sport/other-sport/robbie-grabarz-jonnie-peacock-retain-12116573