Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock: 'I wanted to keep crowd quiet for rivals'

Peacock explains crowd reaction
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Great Britain's Jonnie Peacock says that he wanted the crowd to be quiet ahead of his 100m victory in order for his competitors to remain focused.

Great Britain's Paralympic sprinter Jonnie Peacock has revealed that he wanted the crowd to keep their roars down to a minimum in order to stop his competitors from getting distracted.

The 19-year-old, who had his right leg amputated below the knee after suffering meningitis when he was a child, strode to a gold medal in the men's T44 100m final last night.

"I felt so prepared for these games that for the first time I wasn't nervous," Peacock told Channel 4. "The crowd has made these 2012 Games.

"I was thinking it was a bit loud and I asked them to quieten down as it wasn't fair on the other guys, I didn't want to put anyone off or have any excuses."

Peacock's rival Oscar Pistorius, who was one of the first to congratulate the Brit, failed to medal in the final.

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