Thursday 30 October 2014

Red-hot Smyth continues Ireland's European gold rush

Published 20/08/2014 | 02:30

Jason Smyth sprints to gold in the the final of the men's 100m T12 at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. Photo: Luc Percival / SPORTSFILE
Jason Smyth sprints to gold in the the final of the men's 100m T12 at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea. Photo: Luc Percival / SPORTSFILE

Jason Smyth added to his impressive medal collection when he claimed gold in the T12 100m at the IPC European Championships yesterday.

The double Paralympic and World champion won in emphatic fashion in 10.78 seconds.

Smyth was the only sprinter to finish under 11 seconds as he stormed to victory.

"I'm really delighted to secure the medal for Ireland. I felt like I executed my race well, so I'm looking forward to the 200m," the Derry native said after claiming Ireland's first medal of the championships.

It was the first time Smyth had run in this class after he was changed from T13 when it was discovered that his eyesight had deteriorated since 2006.

Elsewhere, Heather Jameson finished eighth in the final of the T37 100m with a time of 15.64.

Despite a strong finish, Cork's John McCarthy was edged out of a bronze medal in the T51 400m wheelchair race.

Irish Independent

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