Jonnie Peacock

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Jonnie Peacock
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Personal information
Birth name Jonathan Peacock
Born (1993-05-28) 28 May 1993 (age 24)
Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Country  Great Britain
Sport Running
Event(s) Sprints (100m)
Updated on 20 August 2014.

Jonathan Peacock, MBE (born 28 May 1993) is an English sprint runner.[1][2][3] An amputee, Peacock won gold at the 2012 Summer Paralympics and 2016 Summer Paralympics, representing Great Britain in the T44 men's 100 metres event.


Peacock's gold postbox in Doddington, Cambridgeshire

Peacock was born in Cambridge.[4] At the age of 5, he contracted meningitis, resulting in the disease killing the tissues of his right leg, which was then amputated just below the knee.[5] Wanting to play football, he was directed to a Paralympic sports talent day when he asked about disability sport at the hospital that fitted his prosthetic leg.[6] His mother would carry him to school when his very short stump was too sore to wear his prosthetic leg.[7] Peacock refers to his stump as his "sausage leg."[8]

Peacock ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester in May 2012.[6] In June 2010 Peacock set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting at the United States Paralympic track and field trials, recording a time of 10.85 seconds to beat the previous record held by Marlon Shirley by 0.06 seconds.[9] This record was beaten in July 2013 at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships at the Stade du Rhône in Lyon when American athlete Richard Browne recorded a time of 10.83 in the T44 100m semi-finals.[10]

At the 2012 Summer Paralympics, Peacock won the 100m T44 final with a time of 10.90 seconds, claiming the gold and the Paralympic record in the process.[11] The win made his coach, Dan Pfaff, the only man to have coached 100m gold medalists in both the Olympics and the Paralympics; Pfaff coached Canada's Donovan Bailey, the gold medalist in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.[12]

Peacock pulled out of the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships due to a sore on his stump that developed over the summer.[13]

At the 2016 Summer Paralympics, Peacock defended his title, winning gold in the T44 100m, in 10.81 seconds.[14]

On 21 August 2017 Peacock was confirmed as a contestant on series 15 of the BBC One programme Strictly Come Dancing, becoming the first amputee to compete on the show.[15]


Peacock was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics.[16][17]


  1. ^ The Athletes: Jonnie Peacock, Channel 4, retrieved 25 August 2010 
  2. ^ You only live once so make the most of it . . ., Cambride News, retrieved 25 August 2010 .
  3. ^ Jonnie Peacock pride at Cup performance, BBC Sport, 26 May 2010, retrieved 25 August 2010 .
  4. ^ "Jonnie Peacock's Doddington home 'over the moon' at win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Morton, Emma. "I lost my leg aged five... now I'm 1.9secs behind Usain Bolt". The Sun. United Kingdom. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b Alexandra Topping (24 August 2012). "London Paralympics: introducing Jonnie Peacock, GB's top 100m hope". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock and his refusal to accept defeat". Retrieved 18 April 2013. 
  8. ^ "My champion son Jonnie Peacock: Mum Linda reveals his amazing journey from childhood meningitis to Paralympics Gold". Parentdish. Retrieved 2 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Jonnie Peacock knocks 0.06 seconds off 100m world record". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 July 2012. 
  10. ^ Hudson, Elizabeth (22 July 2013). "IPC Athletics: Hannah Cockroft secures sprint double in Lyon". BBC News Disability Sport. Retrieved 23 July 2013. 
  11. ^ "Paralympics 2012: Jonnie Peacock wins gold in T44 100m". Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  12. ^ Andy Bull (6 September 2012). "Paralympics 2012: Jonnie Peacock breaks record to win gold in T44 100m". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Coldwell, Ben (39 October 2015). "Jonnie Peacock dismisses Richard Browne's time target". Athletics Weekly. Retrieved 10 January 2016.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Lofthouse, Amy (9 September 2016). "Rio Paralympics 2016: Great Britain win seven gold medals on day two". BBC. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  15. ^ "BBC Blogs – Strictly Come Dancing – Sprinting his way onto Strictly 2017, it's Paralympic Champion Jonnie Peacock!". 
  16. ^ "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 25. 
  17. ^ "2013 New Year's Honours" (PDF). Retrieved 29 December 2012.