Doddington’s world record holder: Proud Paralympian Jonnie Peacock makes sprinting history
PARALYMPIC sprinting sensation Jonnie Peacock produced the performance of his life to become a world record holder at the age of just 19.
The single leg amputee from Doddington clocked 10.85secs in the T44 100m at the US Paralympic Track and Field Trials on Saturday.
The blistering run shaved 0.06secs off the world record, which was set by both Marlon Shirley and South Africa’s Blade Runner Oscar Pistorius.
After the race, a delighted Peacock told fans on Twitter: “Thank you so much everyone for the messages! So happy right now even though drug testing took two hours.... 10.85! Look forward to London.”
On Sunday, he added: “Just woken up in the US and still can’t believe it! I don’t think it has even sunk in yet! Thank you so much for everyone for all your support!
“A huge thank you to everyone in my life who’s supported me, wouldn’t have done it without people going out of their way to help!”
Previous record holders Shirley and Pistorius also took to Twitter to congratulate Peacock, who will be gunning for Paralympic gold at London 2012.
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Pistorius said: “Well done! Great to see progress in the sport! Looking forward to a very fast 100m in London 2012!”
Shirley added: “To lose the WR is mixed emotion. It needed to be broken but you lose a little part of you.
“Makes my gold medals even more valuable because they’ll always be there. Jonnie Peacock was amazing, speechless.
“London 2012 will be an event to watch, good luck to everyone competing.”
Team GB star Peacock had his right leg amputated when he was five after contracting meningitis.