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Who is Jonnie Peacock? Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant paired with Oti Mabuse

SPRINT king Jonnie Peacock won gold medals in both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics.

He was  also appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to athletics – and now you can see him strutting his stuff on the Strictly dancefloor. Here’s his inspirational story…

Jonnie Peacock delighted the London crowds when he won Olympic gold at the 2012 Games
Jonnie Peacock delighted the London crowds when he won Olympic gold at the 2012 Games
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What is Jonnie Peacock’s background?

Jonnie Peacock was born in Cambridge on May 28, 1993.

At the age of five he contracted meningitis, which led to him having his right leg amputated below the knee.

He originally wanted to play football, but his athletics prowess was soon discovered during his time at school.

Peacock has become a hugely popular figure in the world of athletics, competing in the 100m
Peacock has become a hugely popular figure in the world of athletics, competing in the 100m
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How has Jonnie Peacock’s athletics career worked out?

Jonnie Peacock set a new 100 metres world record in amputee sprinting in  June 2010 in the US when he ran 10.85 seconds.

He won Olympic gold for the first time in front of a home audience at the London 2012 Games, when he ran 10.90 secs in the 100m T44 final.

Incredibly, the Cambridge runner then defended his Olympic crown by winning the 100m at the 2016 Rio Paralympics, even bettering his London time with 10.81secs.

Peacock then defended his Paralympic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics - even bettering his 100m time
Peacock then defended his Paralympic gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics – even bettering his 100m time
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When is Strictly Come Dancing 2017 on and who are the judges?

Strictly Come Dancing launched on September 9 on BBC One, with the live shows kicking off on September 23.

Strictly always airs on BBC One in two parts. The main show is on Saturday normally around 7pm and the results show airs on Sunday at a similar time.

There will be a Christmas special again in 2017, with the celebrity participants expected to be announced in early November.

This year sees a new judging lineup after head judge Len Goodman retired.

He is replaced by Shirley Ballas who joins returning judges Bruno Tonioli, Darcey Bussell and Craig Revel-Horwood on the panel.

There are three new professional dancers joining the existing pros; Dianne Buswell, Amy Dowden and Nadiya Bychkova.


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