Paralympics: Jonnie Peacock insists he is not the favourite for T44 100m crown

Jonnie Peacock. Picture by Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

Jonnie Peacock. Picture by Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic - Credit: Archant

Doddington sprinter and reigning Paralympic champion Jonnie Peacock has dismissed talk of him being favourite for gold on the eve of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

23-year-old Peacock thrust himself into the limelight four years ago by smashing the Paralympic record to take gold in the final of the T44 100m, but maintains that his rival, Jarryd Wallace, is the man to beat this year.

He told BBC Sport: “In my eyes he’s the one to beat.

“I went into London 2012 as clear fastest; it’s a very a different pressure this time, but I’m more relaxed.”

Peacock, who posted a personal best time of 10.68 two months ago, says that the field is much more competitive now than it was in London in 2012.

He said: “The sport has moved on hugely in the last four years - it’s evolving and people seem to be getting faster.

“There were two people sub-11 seconds in 2012 and now there’s at least six the last year so it’ll definitely be a different experience to London.”

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Peacock gets his Games underway on Thursday in the T44 100m heats (21:42 GMT) where he will bid for a place in Friday night’s final (23:59 GMT).