JONNIE PEACOCK expects to get faster and faster as he chases a third successive Paralympic 100metres title at Tokyo 2020.
Peacock is currently nursing a knee injury which has temporarily derailed his return to training from his ‘gap year’, which included an appearance on Strictly Come Dancing.
But the 25-year-old Cambridge sprinter, who claimed T44 100m gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016, says his year out has had the desired effect.
Peacock said: ‘It has completely worked. I’ve come back completely fresh with that real hunger. I was definitely hungry before, but I’m even more so now.For me, this is still the start of a lot. There’s still so much I can improve on in my running.’
A recent stinging critique from his long-time mentor Dan Pfaff, who says Peacock’s track start is worse than it was in 2012, shows the attention to detail which the Briton anticipates will help him get quicker.
‘He’s telling me how poor a runner I am and how much I need to improve on,’ added Peacock, whose personal best, set en route to London 2017 world gold, was just 0.03 seconds outside the world record.
‘There are some skills I’ve lost, that I’ve got even worse at. It’s a good sign. I know my body can go so much faster than I have yet. It’s exciting.’