Sunday 20 April 2014

Gold medal not enough to satisfy Smyth's standards

Jason Smyth after his gold medal exploits

DOUBLE Paralympic sprint champion Jason Smyth equalled his own world record of 21.05 when winning the T13 200m final at the IPC World Championship in Lyon.

"I did not break my own world record, so I only achieved one of my two objectives," said Smyth.

Michael McKillop achieved that double goal, taking gold in the T37 800m, while knocking a second off his own world record with a 1:57.17 run.

Like Smyth, who has the 100m to come, the Antrim star will be looking for more gold in the coming week in the 1500m.

Wexford's Catherine O'Neill, the defending champion in the F51-53 discus, threw a season's best of 5.51m, but unfortunately it was only good enough for fifth in her final.

Cork thrower Orla Barry, who won discus bronze at the London Paralympics, finished seventh in the F55-57 shot, getting through to the final with her second throw of 7.20m which she did not improve upon.

Ireland's youngest team member Heather Jameson ran a season's best of 32.16 in the T37 200m semi-finals, but it was not good enough to put her through. She will also compete in the 100m and long jump in the coming week.

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