Further Education basks in London 2012 medal success
7 September 2012
Former Cambridge Regional College student Jonnie Peacock set London alight on Thursday night as he sprinted to a Paralympic gold medal in the men's T44 100m final.
The 19-year-old beat the likes of defending Paralympic champion 'Blade Runner' Oscar Pistorius to send the capacity Olympic Stadium crowd into raptures and break a new Paralympic record by finishing in an extraordinary time of 10.90 seconds.
The teenager told the BBC after his performance that the feeling of being a Paralympic champion was "amazing".
Success for Further Education alumni did not end there, as former Calderdale College student 'Hurricane' Hannah Cockroft also broke a Paralympic record to win gold in the T34 200 metres final.
It was the 20-year-old's second gold having already fended off fierce competition to win the 100m final in London.
As Podium's FE and HE medal table illustrates, many colleges have been performing well at the Games - including Royal National College for the Blind, and Telford College of Arts and Technology, who can both toast to gold medal success.
By Stuart Appleby
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