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Jonnie Peacock won bronze and Jody Cundy gold at the 2021 Paralympic Games in Tokyo




Fenland’s Paralympic heroes have done themselves and the country proud at the Tokyo games.

Jody Cundy and Jonnie Peacock will both fly home with medals after a series of excellent performances in cycling and sprinting respectively.

Cundy, who was born in Wisbech and raised in Norfolk, teamed up with Kadeena Cox and Jaco van Gass to bring home gold in the mixed C1-4 750m team sprint.

Jonnie Peacock won joint-bronze in the T64 100m final. (Photo: ParalympicsGB)
Jonnie Peacock won joint-bronze in the T64 100m final. (Photo: ParalympicsGB)

The British trio faced a tall task to overhaul a Chinese trio that held the world record and the world title, but went half a second quicker than them in qualification.

Cox started quickly in the final but the team were trailing by more than half a second when Cundy took over from Van Gass for the final lap.

Cundy unleashed a historic lap during the final 125 metres and finished in first with a time of 47.579seconds.

China were just 0.106 seconds behind, with no team having reached below the 48-mark before the final.

Peacock had promised the race of the century prior to his T64 100m final, and he and his fellow runners didn't disappoint.

After his pre-sprint prediction that German Felix Streng would be the man to beat came to fruition, the Doddington sprinter was left to battle it out for a top three place.

What followed was the closest Paralympic race in history, with the first four across the line separated by just four hundredths of a second.

After an agonising three-minute wait for the photo finish to be analysed, Peacock was awarded a joint-bronze medal with Germany's Johannes Floors.

With the race over, Peacock said: "If that’s not an advert for Paralympic sport in 11 seconds I don’t know what is,

"I think there’s two ways I take today. I have to do the positive first, glass half full: 15-year-old Jonnie would have been so happy with this.

"These guys have been running some incredible times this year to come and to be competitive against them, to turn my season around the way that I have … to share the bronze medal with Johannes I’m so happy, he’s a great guy. I didn’t think you could share medals in sprints, has this ever happened?

"The Paralympics has the ability to change things, 15% of the world is made up of disabled people and we need to be represented and stuff like that race helps. I'm so proud to be a part of it."

It was only the third time in Paralympic history that a medal has been shared, with the previous recorded occasions being in 1896 and 2008.



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