17 July 2017Jonnie Peacock storms to gold at Para Athletics Championships on another golden day for Great Britain
Spring-king Jonnie Peacock roared back to claim gold for Great Britain at the World Para Athletics Championships - but was left praying for divine intervention when he suffered a nasty bout of hamstring cramps just moments before his 100m final.
Peacock, a Paralympic gold medallist in 2012 and 2016, reclaimed his world champion status in courageous fashion after missing the 2015 Championships in Doha through injury. The 24-year-old previously claimed gold in the 2013 World Championship in Lyon.
In the semi-final, he recorded a personal best of 10.64s in the T44 100m but suffering from cramps, his final performance came in at 10.75s. It was still enough to blitz his rivals, finishing ahead of the German Johannes Floors, who clocked 10.89s.
Jonnie Peacock won gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in London on Sunday
Yet as Peacock stepped out into the London Stadium shortly before his T44 100m final, he feared his chances might be over.
Peacock said: 'I was feeling cramp everywhere, in my biceps, in my calf. My hamstring on my blade side is particularly bad. I did one stride out in the tunnel and three steps. It locked up and wouldn't let go. I literally just dropped to the floor and stretched.
'I didn't want to push too hard out of the blocks in case I aggravated it. I looked up to the sky and said: "Just get me to the finish line in one piece." I had a genuine fear that something was gonna go.
Peacock finished the final in 10.75s, coming in ahead of German rival Johannes Floors
'I came here for the world title and I am just so thankful I finished the race in one piece first and cross the line first.'
Earlier in the day, Brit Aled Davies claimed gold in the F42 Discus as he completed the first half of what he hopes will be a third consecutive world title double.
Davies now has his eyes set on the shot put next Saturday but also harbours long-term ambitions to compete in the able-bodied Commonwealth Games.
He said: 'You’ve got to have something to aim for. Everyone is always ‘Ahh, you are so far ahead, what are you doing? How do you keep motivated?’ I can be on the able-body circuit because I want chasing other people.'
Peacock had earlier skipped home in the heats, and had time to play to the crowd in London