Jonnie Peacock smashes Paralympic record to qualify for T44 100m final

Jonnie Peacock, pictured here at the London 2012 Games, eased through the T44 100m heats in Rio de J

Jonnie Peacock, pictured here at the London 2012 Games, eased through the T44 100m heats in Rio de Janeiro last night. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic - Credit: Archant

Doddington sprinter Jonnie Peacock looked in impressive shape when he eased into the Paralympic T44 100m final last night.

The 23-year-old stormed into tonight’s final with a Paralympic record time of 10.81 seconds at the Olympic Stadium.

Peacock raced off the mark to streak away from the competition, before easing off in the final 20 metres.

“I’m reasonably happy with the 10.81, it’s my second fastest time of the year so can’t ask for much more than that,” he told British Athletics.

“It felt relatively easy - I know I’m in great form coming here and that’s what this whole year is about.


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“Look at my results, every month that goes by, the times go down. Tomorrow I hope to go a lot faster than that.”

Peacock will defend his 2012 title tonight (23:59 GMT), but believes he will need to improve on his heat performance if he is to clinch gold again.

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He said: “I’d be wouldn’t be surprised if it was sub-10.80 that takes silver or bronze. There are some really fast guys in the field here and it’s a good track and temperature.”

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