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Here's the lowdown on Jonnie Peacock, the Paralympic sprinting star from Strictly 2017

SPRINT king Jonnie Peacock won gold medals in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics. He was  also appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics – and was strutting hi…


SPRINT king Jonnie Peacock won gold medals in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics.

He was  also appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics – and was strutting his stuff on the Strictly 2017 dancefloor until leaving the show in week nine. Here's his inspirational story...

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Jonnie Peacock delighted the London crowds when he won Olympic gold at the 2012 Games

What is Jonnie Peacock's background?

Jonnie Peacock was born in Cambridge on May 28, 1993.

At the age of five he contracted meningitis, which led to him having his right leg amputated below the knee.

He originally wanted to play football, but his athletics prowess was soon discovered during his time at school.

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Peacock has become a hugely popular figure in the world of athletics, competing in the 100m

How has Jonnie Peacock's athletics career worked out?

Jonnie Peacock set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting in  June 2010 in the US when he ran 10.85 seconds.

He won Olympic gold for the first time in front of a home audience at the London 2012 Games, when he ran 10.90 secs in the 100m T44 final.

Incredibly, the Cambridge runner then defended his Olympic crown by winning the 100m at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, even bettering his London time with 10.81secs.

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Peacock then defended his Paralympic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics - even bettering his 100m time

Jonnie Peacock and Oti Mabuse dance the Quickstep on Strictly Come Dancing

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