DERRY’S JASON SMYTH STRIKES GOLD IN WORLD PARA ATHLETICS
DERRY’S Jason Smyth has won gold in the T13 100m at the World Para Athletics Championships in London, clocking a winning time of 10.63 seconds.
The Eglinton sprinter surged away from his rivals from halfway in a race confined to athletes with visual impairment.
The 30-year-old remains unbeaten in Paralympic competition since making his international debut at the European Championships in 2005.
Poland’s Mateusz Michalski chased Smyth home in second, with Chad Perris of Australia third.
Speaking afterwards the five-time Paralympic champion said: “I knew from the heats I’d run the quickest and it was mine to lose.
“So it was just about going out and executing my race, being patient and thankfully I was able to cross the line first.’
“I had my wife and my daughter in the crowd, and all my family, and it’s those moments that make it all the more special – to enjoy it with the people that mean the most.”