Paralympics: Jonnie Peacock crowned double Paralympic champion after storming to T44 100m success

Peacock celebrates becoming a double Paralympic champion. Photo: onEdition 2016©

Peacock celebrates becoming a double Paralympic champion. Photo: onEdition 2016© - Credit: onEdition

He nearly lost his life to meningitis aged five, but this morning Doddington sprinter Jonnie Peacock will wake up as a double Paralympic champion after he sealed gold in the T44 100m final last night.

Peacock, 23, turned in a dominant display to blow his opponents away and clinch his second gold, four years after his first triumph in London.

Despite a nervy start, Peacock surged into the lead and finished in 10.81 seconds, equalling the Paralympic record he had set himself just the night before.

“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.”