Shepreth's Jonnie sprints his way to Paralympic success

Great Britain's (left-right) Nathan Maguire, Ali Smith, Libby Clegg, guide Chris Clarke and Jonnie P

Great Britain's Nathan Maguire, Ali Smith, Libby Clegg, guide Chris Clarke and Jonnie Peacock after finishing third in the Universal 4x100 metres at the Olympic Stadium - Credit: PA

Shepreth sprinter Jonnie Peacock has received his second Tokyo medal in the first ever Paralympic appearance of the 4 x 100m Universal Relay final- and after a late disqualification, it has been determined GB has won silver! 

Peacock, who lived in the South Cambs village as a child, raced in the final with teammates Libby Clegg and guide Chris Clarke, Ali Smith and Nathan Maguire against teams from China, the USA and host country Japan, where Paralympics GB came third in the race.

The USA took the gold.

UPDATE: However, due to second place China's late disqualification, when after a review it was deemed their race involved an illegal handover, Paralympics GB scored silver. 

Handout photo dated 30-08-2021 provided by OIS of Jonnie Peacock GBR competes in the Athletics Men's

Shepreth's Jonnie Peacock competed in the 4 x 100 Universal Relay final on September 3 - Credit: PA


Jonnie and Paralympics GB finished with a time of 47.50.


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His latest bronze joins his collection of Paralympic medals, having won gold in London and Rio in the T44 100m, as well as a joint-bronze earlier on in the Tokyo games in the T64 classification.

Tokyo 2020 sees the debut for the 4 x 100 Universal Relay, which includes runners of different genders and class running ide by side.

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Two male and two female runners make up each team; featuring a representative from the T11-13 vision impairment class, either a T33-34 or T51-54 wheelchair racing class athlete, one who competes as T35-38 athlete in co-ordination impairment classes, and an athlete with a limb impairment from the T42-47 or T61-64 classes.

Visually impaired athletes run first - with a guide, if required - followed by sprinters with limb differences and co-ordination impairments, with wheelchair racers the one to cross the line.

Jonnie hared it down the back straight, running the second leg for Paralympics GB. 

The race does not require a baton like in a traditional relay, but a tap on the back.

After the race, Jonnie said: "I just want to say well done to Libby. She's battled so much - she wasn't sure she was going to be on this plane!

"To be a part of this team with her in it and to win a bronze medal, I'm so happy."



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