29 August 2012London 2012 Paralympics: Ten Essential Facts about … Jonnie Peacock
Sport: Blade runner – 100m
1. Aged five, Jonnie contracted meningitis. He survived the disease but it killed the tissue in his right leg, which had to be amputated below the knee.
2. Peacock arrived in the elite sporting world when he won gold in the UK School Games in 2009. In the same year, he came fifth in the Paralympic World Cup.
3. Success came in 2010 when he won the London Grand Prix and finished sixth in the World Championships.
4. In 2011, Peacock came first in the Paralympic World Cup.
5. For good luck Peacock always wears a bracelet with a St Christopher charm on it and an army badge, which belonged to his granddad, when he competes.
6. Peacock came into the London 2012 Games looking strong. In July, he broke the world record for the 100m at the US Paralympic Track & Field Trials with a time of 10.85, smashing Marlon Shirley’s time by 0.06 seconds.
7. His sporting hero is Oscar Pistorius – the South African athlete known as Blade Runner for his reputation as the fastest man on Earth with no legs.
8. The best advice he was ever given came from Pistorius. “He told me: 'Don't forget to enjoy running. It can't be a job, you have to love it.’”
9. Coming into the Paralympic Games, Peacock said: “I’m so excited now to just keep on racing and push the boundaries of what an amputee can do.”
10. Peacock’s got ambition. During his career, he wants to win a gold Olympic medal, be world number one and “go to as many Paralympic Games” as possible.
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