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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


10 April 2013'I've got a hell of a lot more speed in me' says Peacock, who wants to smash his own record as soon as possible.cord

The 19-year-old ran 10.85 seconds in the United States last July but believes he can go even faster.

Peacock said: ‘(The world record) is the target – whether it’s this year or next year. I don’t see any reason why I couldn’t break the world record.

'I think the record’s going to go and I know I’ve got a hell of a lot more speed in me.

‘Last year was my first full year of training. I don’t see any reason why I shouldn’t keep setting personal bests. I don’t know when I will hit my peak: it could be now, or when I’m 24 or 35.’

Peacock, who is spending a month in Florida on a warm-weather training camp with his new coach Steve Fudge, has complained previously about the lack of racing opportunities for disabled athletes, and is delighted to be competing at two major events in Britain this summer.

The teenager will take part in the IPC Athletics Grand Prix Final in Birmingham on June 29 and then return to the Olympic Stadium for the London Anniversary Games in July. The IPC World Championships in Lyon fall in between the two events.

Peacock believes American Richard Browne, the silver medallist in London, will be his major rival in 2013.

The Briton also picked out Blake Leeper, who has run 10.91 seconds, as a challenger and could yet race Brazilian Alan Oliveira, the Paralympic T44 200m champion, over 150m in Manchester next month.

He said: ‘They are fantastic opportunities to race against my competitors: the only chance last year was at the Games.

'I’ve been asking for this for a while and I can’t see any reason why the stadiums won’t sell out, just like they did for the Paralympics.'

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