13:48 08 September 2012
London 2012 competitor Jonnie Peacock puts Team GB in the Paralympic record books by finishing the T44 100m in the fastest time on Thursday where he pleased 80,000 spectators.
The 19-year-old, already the world record holder for 100m, ran a Paralympic time of 10.90 seconds ahead of Oscar Pistorius’ South African team mate Arnu Fourie, and USA’s Richard Browne.
"The crowd has really made the 2012 Paralympics. I am not just saying that,” he said, as reported by The Guardian.
Peacock, the fastest amputee sprinter in the world, contracted meningitis as a child and had to have his right leg amputated below the knee.
‘Blade Runner’ Oscar Pistorius is thought to be the stars idol: "We just witnessed one of the great performances from Jonnie," Pistorius said, as quoted by the BBC.
”He stepped up to the plate. We witnessed one of the great Paralympic performances."
Peacock raised his sporting game in 2011 when he broke the T44 100m European record, and then again this year when he lowered the world record for the event to 10.85 seconds.
The hero from Cambridge came on the sporting scene when he was 16 as he ran a time of 12.23 seconds in the Paralympic World Cup race in Manchester.
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