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Jonnie Peacock Paralympic gold hailed by Sir Philip Craven

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International Paralympic committee president Sir Philip Craven has revealed he believes Jonnie Peacock's London 2012 gold medal is one of sport's greatest ever moments.

Craven spoke of his admiration at the sprinter's success as part of the governing body's 25th anniversary celebrations. 

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Stunning win

It was at the Paralympic Games two years ago when Peacock stormed to 100 metres T44 glory in front of a packed crowd at the Olympic Stadium.

"If I was to pick one single sporting moment, it would definitely have to be Jonnie Peacock’s 100m T44 win at London 2012," Craven was quoted as saying on the Athletics Weekly website.

"To hear 80,000 people chant one athlete’s name was extraordinary. But to see him silence the crowd, cope with the pressure and storm to gold less than 11 seconds later was unbelievable.

"It wasn’t just a great Paralympic moment but one of the best sporting moments ever."

Great moments

Despite Craven's praise, Peacock's win only ranked fourth in the committee's list of the 25 greatest para-sporting moments in the years of the body's existence.

Number one on the list was London 2012 as a whole, with the 'One Cid, One City' agreement in 2001 - the rule which meant the host city of the Olympics would stage the Paralympics immediately after - second and Barcelona's 1992 staging of the Games third.

"As a Brit, I’m particularly proud of what London 2012 delivered. They were the best Paralympic Games on so many levels and I was delighted that Sochi 2014 built on that success with equally successful winter Games earlier this year," Craven added.

Peacock, as well as London, has built on the successes of 2012, going on to win gold at the World Championships in Lyon in 2013, as well as the European title earlier this year.

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