Cambridgeshire

Jonnie Peacock's Doddington home 'over the moon' at win

Jonnie Peacock wins gold in the 100m final
Image caption Jonnie Peacock's home village of Doddington was last night celebrating after the athlete set a new Paralympic record in the 100m

Jonnie Peacock's home village in Cambridgeshire is "over the moon" about his gold medal-winning Paralympic run.

The 19-year-old won the 100m in 10.90s, ahead of US sprinter Richard Browne and South Africa's Arnu Fourie.

His run set a new Paralympic 100m record.

Residents in Doddington, near March, were last night celebrating his win ahead of plans being being drawn up to mark the achievement formally.

Christine Curtis, chairman of Doddington Parish Council, said: "It was absolutely brilliant, we are so very proud.

'Quiet and modest'

"There's been a lot of excitement and anticipation in the past few days," she said. "We've never had anybody achieve such heights here. We are over the moon."

She said although the village boasted a good cricket team and bowls club, Peacock had taken the parish's sporting heroes to a new level.

"We've got to do something to mark his achievement," Mrs Curtis said. "Without discussing it at the next parish council meeting I couldn't comment on what we might do, but there's no way we can let it just pass."

She described Peacock as a "quiet" and modest young man whose family were "very community minded".

Dozens of villagers gathered at The Three Tuns in Doddington to watch Peacock run to victory - and earn their village a golden postbox.

Landlord Brian Adams said: "Jonnie has put Doddington on the map, he's done fantastic. He's a lovely bloke. He's done us proud, he's done the whole of England proud.

"He puts in everything," said Mr Adams. "You've got to praise him, you've got to praise all the athletes. We are so proud of him and we are going to have a gold postbox."

Hero Beckham

Born in Cambridge, Peacock runs as a T44 athlete having had his right leg amputated below the knee after contracting meningitis as a five-year-old.

Determined not to let his disability affect him, he competed in and won a 100m hopping race in his first school sports day after his operation.

A meeting with his footballing hero David Beckham further inspired Peacock to pursue a career in sport.

In 2008, he attended a talent identification event in Mile End in east London, attempting disciplines such as wheelchair tennis, pistol shooting and 60m sprinting.

He was recalled for both the tennis and sprinting squads before choosing the latter.

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