Jonnie Peacock is the sprint king at Rio Paralympics
PUBLISHED: 12:56 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:18 13 September 2016
Jonnie Peacock is Paralympics golden boy
Jonnie Peacock completed a golden double at the Olympic Stadium by winning the Paralympics 100m title in Rio,
The 23-year-old former Cambridge Regional College student became one of the leading stars of British sport after his success in London four years ago, so the pressure was on to earn back-to-back titles.
But Peacock showed no sign of nerves in the T44 100m as he obliterated his rivals.
He pulled clear of the field to win a Paralympic record-equalling 10.81sec, with New Zealand’s Liam Malone second and Germany’s Felix Streng in third.
“It’s times like this where you have to look back on your experience as an athlete,” said Peacock. “There’s so much pressure and it’s so easy to get distracted.
“I got to 40m, there was a point where I started to get distracted, but I pulled myself back into the race and I just kept pushing and that’s when I pulled away.
“I just want to say thank you to everyone who has been involved supporting me, there’s too many to name.
“Nothing’s ever going to beat London for the achievement but as a sporting achievement this was so much greater for me. The talent that was in this class today was unbelievable. Paralympic sport is progressing so much at the minute.”