Jonnie Peacock admits the build-up to his first-ever Sainsbury’s British Championships was far from ideal – but the amputee sprinter has vowed to put his injury woes behind him in time for the Commonwealth Games.
The 21-year-old Doddington-based athlete had yet to compete in an official race this season after struggling with a series of injuries, including a recent back problem.
But up against able-bodied athletes in the 100m heats on Saturday, Peacock by no means looked sluggish – finishing seventh in a time of 11.05sec.
Two years on from lighting up the Paralympics with T44 100m gold in London, the nation will watch his exploits again at Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games next month.
And he is aiming to peak just in time for the trip up to Scotland after a frustrating winter.
“It wasn’t the best,” said Peacock.
“I did want to open up in Bedford last week but due to man flu I had to leave it and I hadn’t had the best preparation for it.
“I was a bit nervous as it was my first proper nationals with a lot of first guys, knowing you are next to them and that they are going to get out fast.
“It is great for me to be racing against these guys and it is a well-rounded competition.
“I have Glasgow next and I just need to plan my races with my coach.
“With the Europeans being at the end of the year my thoughts aren’t there yet and I just want to focus on each race.
“I just needed to get a race out and done so with it out the way I can move forward now.
“I had a gradual reintroduction into training after a back injury and I can’t complain because we have progressed well but it is a shame I couldn’t show that on the track here.”
Elsewhere, Cambridge University athlete Emily Dudgeon reached the 800m final but missed out on a medal as she came home seventh in 2min 3.04sec.
And Cambridge & Coleridge athlete Ben Kelk failed to advance out of his 110m hurdles heat, finishing fourth in 14.12.
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