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Peacock wins third place at BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017

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on 18-12-2017 12:23

Jonnie Peacock expressed his shock after the double Paralympic champion finished third in the 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The 24-year-old added a second World Championship T44 100m title to his name this year at London 2017 before taking on a very different challenge as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing.

The third-place finish is the first time a para athlete has finished in the top three of the prestigious award since Tanni Grey-Thompson in 2000.

Top spot went to Sir Mo Farah with Jonathan Rea in second but Peacock was delighted with third place and overwhelmed by the support of the nation.

“I want to say thanks to every single person that voted. Thank you so much, it was such a shock. I can’t believe it, the support has been incredible this year,” he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“I think being on Strictly has opened para sport up to a new audience and I think it has been headed in that way for some time.

“London 2017 has been the biggest and best World Championships that we have ever had, and we’ve hosted them.

“This has probably been, I’m going to have to say the second-best year for athletics, because London 2012 was probably the best.” 

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