Jonnie Peacock lost his right leg below the knee after contracting meningococcal septicaemia at the age of 5. Always active, he went on to play in his school football and rugby teams as well as the local football team.
In 2008 Jonnie decided to find out more about disability sport and his prosthetist told him about a talent identification event taking place in London's Mile End at the end of that year. At the talent day Jonnie Peacock tried out a few sports including wheelchair tennis, pistol shooting and a 60m sprint. A few days later the British Paralympic association invited him to attend trials for a 5 month power programme.
Jonnie made it on to the program and from there got set up with UK Athletics and a local sprint coach. He has been training and improving in the 100m sprint ever since and soon hopes to take on the 200 too.
Jonnie competes in the T44 class alongside the ‘blade runner' Oscar Pistorius. Racing against the multiple Paralympic Gold medallist is a great inspiration for Jonnie and fuelled his own ambitions to reach the podium in the London 2012 Paralympics.
At his first major championships, the 2011 IPC World Championship in Christchurch, Jonnie finished 2nd in the heats to make the final. This was a phenomenal achievement and he went on to finish 5th in a time of 11.63, less than half a second behind Pistorius.
Since then Jonnie's performances have improved dramatically at every competition - 11:51 at the 2011 London Grand Prix to break the existing European Record, 11.32 at the 2012 Paralympic World Cup then at the US Paralympic Trials in June 2012 Jonnie ran a time of 10.85 to break the World Record!
At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Peacock won the 100m T44 final with a time of 10.90 seconds, claiming the gold and the Paralympic record in the process.
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