27 March 2013Peacock shifting from London to Lyon
With the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France just months away, Great Britain’s star sprinter Jonnie Peacock is ready to underline exactly why he has become one of the standard bearers for Paralympic athletics.
Nearly seven months have passed since the Paralympic Games in London, where the youngster strode away from a star-studded field to claim his first Paralympic gold.
The IPC Athletics World Championships in July will be the first chance to see many of the gold medallists from London back in action together, including the current 100m T44 champion.
On 7 September 2012, as he entered the Olympic Park stadium to the resonating sound of his name being chanted by 80,000 people, little did Peacock know that he was mere moments away from international stardom.
But just 10.9 electrifying seconds later, he had suddenly become one of the faces of the Paralympic Games.
Over six months on from that unforgettable night, how does Peacock reflect upon his golden moment at his home Games?
“It all became kind of real when we were on the bus. When we arrived in the village and could see the stadium, that is when it really hit home that this was about to happen and this was the Games,” he said.
“The heats for me were more nerve wracking than the final, because I wasn’t sure where everyone else was at. I knew that a couple of them could be a lot quicker than they were.
“Come the final, I just wanted to go for it, get it done and I was ready. I felt really good in my warm up, did a couple of block starts and felt really good, it felt fast and I thought I was getting things right.
“When I was heading towards the stadium, it was lit up in purple or blue, and I said to Dan, my coach - this is mine, and nobody is going to be able to take it away from me tonight.
“I am so competitive, I was so sure that I didn’t want anybody else to beat me in my home Games. I was a little bit nervous, but it was actually the most relaxed I have ever been for a race.
“As I set my blocks up, it just felt right with the crowd going nuts and it just felt like my opportunity to do something now.
“I knew I had potential, but I knew that it was going to be tough and I would have to get a good start to be able to do anything.”
Continue reading: Paralympic Media centre