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Jonnie Peacock pride at Cup performance

Debut personal best for Peacock

Jonnie Peacock has expressed his delight after a fifth-placed finish in his first ever international Paralympic 100m race.

The 16-year-old from Cambridge recorded a personal best of 12.23 seconds in the T44 class at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester on Monday.

He told BBC Look East: "I would have been happy to beat anyone. It's been brilliant and I've learned so much.

"I came into this race just hoping for a personal best."

There was a medal for Great Britain in the competition as Ian Jones, 20, came third with a time of 11.90 seconds, a position he bettered later in the day by taking silver in the T44 400m.

It's been a pleasure to work with him, he's grown up so much in barely a year

Hayley Ginn, Jonnie Peacock's coach

Peacock found himself in the lane next to South African Oscar Pistorius, a man who has dominated sprinting since the Beijing Paralympics in 2008, where he won three gold medals.

"I was so happy to be next to Oscar Pistorius," he continued.

"Racing against him is an honour in itself, but being right next to him and talking to him was a fantastic experience.

Peacock's coach, Hayley Ginn, added: "It's been a pleasure to work with him, he's grown up so much in barely a year."

Pistorius won gold with a time of 11.33 seconds, while his fellow countryman Arnu Fourie finished second on 11.57 seconds.

Peacock's time was good enough to see him qualify for the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports Federation junior event this summer in the Czech Republic.



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