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Jonnie Peacock MBE

Double Paralympic T44 100m Champion


16 March 2013I'm ready to take over from Pistorius, says proud Peacock

And he received the support of International Paralympic Committee (IPC) chairman Sir Philip Craven, who pointed to Peacock as an athlete who could drive the Paralympic movement forward, just as Pistorius did before he was charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

Peacock, 19, said: 'Obviously, I care so much about Paralympic sport and athletics, so I'd do anything to help it. If it means becoming that kind of face, then, yes, it's just one of the things that goes along with the sport.

'I'm open to the idea. There's also lots of other great athletes. I'd be willing to help if that's what's required and I'm sure all the athletes would. We need to get it out there.

'We've got big names and the sport will move on. It's just about making sure that they choose the next person quickly and start using them well.

'It's so important that you have icons of the sport. People tuned in to the Olympics to see [Usain] Bolt, Jessica Ennis and Mo Farah. People watch Barcelona to see Lionel Messi play. It's really important that you have a person you know and have a connection with and follow their journey. It's really important that they (IPC) get pushed to put more personalities out there.

'Maybe they're not going to use one, perhaps they'll use five different people in different countries.'

Peacock beat Pistorius in the Paralympics T44 100m final last summer and produced one of the marquee moments in the Olympic Stadium when he stood on the start line and urged 80,000 people, most of whom were chanting his name, to be quiet.

He blitzed the opposition in a world record 10.9sec and the photograph of him embracing his mother, Linda, afterwards is one of the enduring images of the Games.

Since then, he has had surgery on his ankle to remove floating bone.

Peacock will return to the Olympic Stadium for the London Anniversary Games in July.

He is also looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Alan Oliveira, the Brazilian who won the 200m, a head-to-head he predicts will enthral the world at Rio in 2016.

'I know in four years I'm going to be a hell of a lot faster than I was in London,' said Peacock.

'Alan's going to be a hell of a lot quicker, too. It will be a big thing for him having a home crowd, but he'll have to work hard to get the 100m title, I'll tell him that now.'

You can register for tickets to the London Anniversary Games on July 26-28 at www.loveathletics.uka.org.uk‚Äč

Story provided by: Daily Mail