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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion

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29 August 2019Man and boy: Jonnie Peacock as he prepares for the Paralympics

Jonnie Peacock lost his left to meningitis when he was five but was determined from a young age to become a runner.
Jonnie Peacock lost his left to meningitis when he was five but was determined from a young age to become a runner. Credit: PA Images / ITV News Anglia

Double Paralympic champion sprinter Jonnie Peacock from Cambridgeshire has been talking to ITV News Anglia about targets for the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2010.

It is now less than one year to the start of the Paralympics in Japan on Tuesday 25 August 2019.

Jonnie says he is putting himself under pressure to perform well but is pleased he's getting faster and faster.

"As athletes, we're all very competitive so we just want to go out there and do our best.

"So for me I don't feel pressure from anywhere else but I put that pressure on myself.

"I expect quite a lot of myself every time that I run well.

– JONNIE PEACOCK
  • Click to watch an interview with Jonnie Peacock on his training for the 2020 Paralympics

Jonnie Peacock is the Double Paralympic, World & European T44 100m Champion.

He sensationally won his first Paralympic title at the London 2012 Games during one of the best summers in British Athletics history. Jonnie then went on to successfully defended his title at the Rio 2016 Paralympics

Jonnie Peacock with his Gold medal for the Men's 100m - T44 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil.
Jonnie Peacock with his Gold medal for the Men's 100m - T44 at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games in Brazil. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Archive/PA Images

Jonnie, from Shepreth in Cambridgeshire. was only five years old when he contracted meningitis, which killed the tissue in his right leg. This resulted in an amputation just below the knee.

While at primary school in Barrington his then headteacher Sue Dorrington recalls how he wanted to join in all the running races at sports day.

Jonnie Peacock at school at the age of six, pictured in an ITV News Anglia report from 1999.
Jonnie Peacock at school at the age of six, pictured in an ITV News Anglia report from 1999. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"We as a staff were thinking perhaps we could have throwing races but Jonathan was determined he was going to run the same as a everybody else did.

"When he came down that track on sports day running I think there was hardly a dry eye on the school field - it was wonderful to see."

Those early school days revealed a remarkable fighting spirit which would eventually help Jonnie to become a world-class sprinter.

After years of training at regional events, it was in May 2012 that Jonnie competed in his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester.

A month later he broke the world record and on 6 September 2012 he won Gold, making it a year to remember.

In 2013, Jonnie was awarded with an MBE in the New Year's Honours list for services to athletics.

Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock celebrates with his gold medal after winning the Men's 100m - T44 Final, during the Paralympic Games in London in 2012.

https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2019-08-29/man-and-boy-jonnie-peacock-man-as-he-prepares-for-the-paralympics/