LONDON 2012: Peacock shatters 11 second barrier as he storms to new personal best
JONNIE Peacock smashed his personal best to announce his Paralympic credentials with a storming victory in the USA.
ONE TO WATCH: Jonnie Peacock has taken chunks out of his personal best in the last 12 months - and now to London 2012 as a real medal favourite (Adidas)
Single leg amputee Peacock has only just turned 19 and has raced only five times over 100m this season - but he clocked 10.85 seconds to eclipses the times set by South African `Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius and USA's 2004 Paralympic champion Marlon Shirley.
Peacock is expected to be confirmed in Great Britain's Paralympic team next week and may just fancy his chances against world champion Jerome Singleton, Shirley and last year's Parapan American Games gold medal winner Jarryd Wallace.
“When I first started running I hated saying my PB was 12-something. It was better when it was 11-something, but now I’m delighted it’s 10-something," he said.
“I knew I was in shape and I came out here wanting to win, that was my first goal. I knew if I could beat these guys, who are the best in the world, then it would bode well for London. My second goal was to run under 11 seconds.
"I’ve gone almost a full second quicker in 12 months, from running 11.63 at the World Championships in January last year to 10.85.
“I really couldn’t wish for a better start to my career. My PB last year was 11.47 and less than 48 hours ago it was 11.24, now it’s 10.85 and I’m not stopping there.
"I’m so excited now to just keep on racing and push the boundaries of what an amputee can do."
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