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Smyth 'over the moon' to win second gold

Ireland's Jason Smyth sensationally completed the sprint double at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea adding the T12 200m title to 100m crown he claimed earlier in the week.

The reigning double Paralympic and world champion, and world record holder, claimed gold in a 
time of 21.67seconds, ahead of 
Joan Munar of Spain in second 
(22.28), and Artem Loginov of Russia in third (22.55).

Into a considerable headwind (-0.8m/s) and with a wet track to contend with, the athlete regarded 
as the fastest Paralympian on the planet shot out of the blocks and 
was already clear of the field at the bend.

Demonstrating his characteristic textbook sprint action, the 27-year-old impressively powered to the line almost seven-tenths of a second quicker than this in the semi-final.

Smyth said: "It's been a long summer and I seem to have had issues after issues so I'm just glad and delighted to get the medal in the 200m also.


"I didn't feel I performed as well as I should have in the 100m so I'm much happier after this one.

"Championships are about medals, so I'm over the moon that I've delivered here."

Lorraine Regan was the other Irish athlete in action yesterday afternoon contesting the F56 Javelin.

Twenty-four-year-old Regan, impressively threw a season's best of 15.80m, in this the favoured of her two events at these Championships, to place fifth overall.

World and European record holder Martina Willing of Germany claimed gold with a best throw of 20.71m.

Earlier, Cork's Orla Barry became the third athlete to medal for the Allianz-sponsored Team Ireland when she claimed silver in the F57 Discus with a best throw of 28.13m.

Catherine O'Neill, a 2012 Paralympic silver medallist in the F51 Discus, is competing today.

O'Neill, however, is competing in the F32/F51 Club Throw (combined class) as the discus in not on the programme at these Championships.