London 2017: Wallace, Smyth and Peacock excited

Sprinters speak ahead of World Para Athletics Championships. 13 Jul 2017
three para athletes running

Jonnie Peacock, Jason Smyth and Jarryd Wallace are all aiming for sprint gold at London 2017.


With just a day to go until the World Para Athletics Championships get underway, we've been speaking to some of the top contenders for medals at London 2017.


Jonnie Peacock (GBR) - men's 100m T44

“2012 was huge for me in that stadium, but coming back here five years later with the aim of winning a world title is even more exciting.

“The nerves really hit me when I walked into the stadium today. We have been to a holding camp where we have been in the shadows preparing for the championships but now we have come here, it has become real.”

“This is our stadium – the British athletics team feel at home here. The crowd will get behind us and the atmosphere will be phenomenal. We just want to put on a show out there for all the fans and showcase the sport once again.”


Jason Smyth (IRE) – men’s 100m T13

"The noise and the atmosphere and the excitement. You can't describe it. When you are on the track and you are the one the people are supporting and cheering on, you can't put a price or value on how incredible that moment is.

"London changed everything. But I still feel the sport has a long way to go. A lot of countries haven't done what Britain has done. It will continue to grow.

"I am not going to worry about the time. I feel I am coming together to run fast at the right time. I still feel I can improve. People look at disabilities and think what people can't do. I think people should think about what they can do. I can't see but it doesn't stop me."


Jarryd Wallace (USA) – men’s 100m & 200m T44

“My debut at the 2012 London Paralympic Games was just two years after my amputation. I started at 400m and the relay and I can tell there is nothing like your first Paralympics. The atmosphere was unforgettable. I expect the same emotions and feelings this week.”

“As an athlete, you cannot live for just one moment. You have to labour your career and I need to put the race in Rio behind me. There are lots of talents in our event and I am just trying to still have fun. I also changed a few things but I need to hold on to that speed. Let´s see what comes out on Sunday.”

“What to expect on Sunday? I will keep it simple. Just control my execution and the lane. I cannot be worried about other guys, just to run my own race from the gun to the finish line. I hope it will be a race to remember.”