GALLERY: Jonnie Peacock storms to victory in Birmingham- now its onto France and world championships
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FENLAND’S Jonnie Peacock powered to victory today in the men’s T43/44 100m, Sainsbury’s Athletics Grand Prix at Birmingham.
David Prince (lane 4), USA incurred a disqualification for false starting and Jonnie went on to win after a restart
He said afterwards: “I’m pretty happy. Five months of training and I can come up with that, not really much to complain about is there.”
He said he felt in good form for Lyon and the world championships at the end of July.
“We’re working on starting and then getting better and better,” he said. “Hopefully these next couple weeks we’re just going to get faster and faster.”
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The Paralympian from Doddington near March said: “The reception was fantastic here.
“The crowd we get is always amazing and it’s great to have a sponsor like Sainsbury’s behind it because it keeps pushing it forwards and helps to promote the Games. It makes it a bigger and better thing.”
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Paralympics Head Coach Paula Dunn said: “There we’re some really strong performances out there today including Sophie Kamlish, Laura Sugar, Bethany Woodward, Jonnie Peacock and it will stand us in good stead for the World Championships.
“The athletes did what they need to do with Lyon just three weeks away, so it’s really pleasing.
“It’s the first IPC Series, but I’m sure with the athletes seeing how organised it’s been this year, they’ll be interested in coming back.
“It’s definitely good having the athletes competing against the best in the world throughout the year and think that can help raise standards across the board. Hopefully other countries will see what we’ve done here today and progress this even further over the next few years.
“The crowd were amazing today – before London it was parents, coaches and friends, so to come into a stadium that’s three quarters full is great for the sport. It brings the best out of the athletes, and that’s the kind of support they need and thrive upon.”