Weir did enough to "merit" a knighthood after London 2012 claims Peacock

Sunday, 06 January 2013
By Duncan Mackay

Jonnie Peacock kissing London 2012 gold medalJanuary 6 - Jonnie Peacock, winner of the T44 100 metres at the London 2012 Paralympics, has joined the chorus of critics claiming that David Weir should have received a knighthood in the Queen's New Year's Honours list.

Weir, who won four gold medals at London 2012 to add to the two he had claimed at Beijing in 2008, was made only a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) while cyclist Bradley Wiggins and sailor Ben Ainslie were given knighthoods, which gives them the right to call themselves "Sir".

Sir Philip Craven, the President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and former Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe have been leading the protests about the decision.

"They say it's because he [Weir] won golds in two Games whereas Ainslie won golds in four and Wiggins in three," Peacock told the Mail on Sunday in an interview published today. 

"But Chris Hoy was knighted after winning three golds in Beijing to add to one gold medal in Athens [2004].

"That's four golds in two Games.

David Weir celebrates winning at London 2012David Weir did enough at London 2012 to deserve a knighthood, claims Jonnie Peacok

"David Weir has six golds in two, with two in Athens [sic] and four in London.

"Frankly, his four alone at the greatest Paralympics of all-time in this country was enough to merit a knighthood.

"I know how hard that guy worked for it.

"I'm really disappointed for him.

"He dug deeper than any athlete last summer."

Peacock, 19, was made a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year's Honours list but claimed that Paralympians were being treated unfairly compared to Olympians.

"We made massive leaps in the past eight months in Paralympic sport, but there's still a discrepancy between able-bodied and Paralympic and there are still people who aren't as clued up as they should be," he said.

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