26 June 2013Jonnie Peacock takes competition in his stride as world championships loom
The Paralympic T44 100metres champion has had a quiet period since his gold medal-winning display in London last summer, having ankle surgery and then taking time out before making his track return at the BT Great CityGames Manchester.
Since then Brazilian Alan Oliveira, who took the 200m title off Oscar Pistorius in London, has lowered Peacock’s 100m world record to 10.77 seconds, 0.7sec quicker than the Briton’s previous mark.
The battle for world championships glory in Lyon next month is well and truly on, with several men, such as Oliveira and American Blake Leeper, genuine rivals to Peacock for gold. But the Loughborough-based sprinter insists he is taking it all in his stride as he bids to win a first world championships medal.
‘My plans don’t change, whatever they do,’ said the 20-year-old.
‘I will train hard and try to run fast. What Oliveira, or anyone else, does doesn’t really affect that.
‘Myself, Alan, Richard Browne – we’re all young and times will keep coming down, we’ll keep pushing the boundaries, and I’m sure someone else will pop up before Rio in 2016.’
Peacock admits he finds it odd to be the hunted just two years into his running career. He competes in Birmingham this weekend but said nothing counts until the championship races.
‘Before Lyon, I’ve got Birmingham to test the water but, for me, the season doesn’t really kick in until Lyon,’ he said.