Five things you might not know about Jonnie Peacock

By Guest, 15 August 2018 - 3:17pm

Paralympian Jonnie Peacock traces his family history on Who Do You Think You Are? on 20 August 2018. Here's five things you might not know about the star…

Jonnie Peacock
Jonnie Peacock wins the Men's 100m T44 Final at the IPC World Championships, July 2017 (Credit: Mike Hewitt/Getty)

Jonnie Peacock ran his first international race at the Paralympic World Cup in 2012, and has gone on to win two gold medals at the Paralympic Games.

On Who Do You Think You Are? he discovers tales of hardship on both sides of his family, from his father's ancestors work on the Liverpool docks to his 4x great grandmother's troubles with the law.

Here are five things you may not know about the star…
 

1. Record breaker

In 2012 Jonnie set a new 100 metre world record in amputee sprinting. He beat Paralympic champion Marlon Shirley by 0.06 seconds with his time of 10.85 seconds.
 

2. Strictly Come Dancing

In 2017 Jonnie was a contestant on series 15 of Strictly Come Dancing, the first Paralympian on the show. Jonnie and his partner Obi Mabuse were the eighth couple eliminated from the show.
 

3. Gold medallist

Jonnie has won six gold medals over his career. Two in the Paralympic games, two in the IPC World Championships and two more in the IPC European Championships.
 

4. Paralympic girlfriend

Jonnie is in a relationship with fellow Paralympian sprinter Sally Brown.
 

5. Role model

When he was growing up Jonnie’s idol was David Beckham. He got to meet Beckham in 2000 before England played Romania. 

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