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Tuesday 20 March 2018

Smyth delight as he scoops double gold

Jason Smyth completed a World Championship gold medal double
Jason Smyth completed a World Championship gold medal double
Team Ireland’s John McCarthy, from Dunmanway, reacts after crossing the finish line in the Men’s 200m – T51 final, where he finished sixth with a personal best time of 43.62. 2013 in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon

JASON SMYTH matched the achievements of his friend and room-mate Michael McKillop once again in Lyon as he completed an IPC World Championships gold medal double.

The Eglington sprinter cemented his reputation as the fastest Paralympian around with a championship record 10.61 second time that left the rest of the T13 100m field in his wake yet again, a day after McKillop had won the 800m and 1500m titles.

Smyth adds the crown to the 200m gold he won last weekend and the four Paralympic golds he has from Beijing and London.

He was more than half a second quicker than the next fastest man in the race, South Africa's Jonathan Ntutu.

Smyth's time was outside his own world record of 10.46 seconds set in London last September, but that wasn't a concern for the athlete who missed the last IPC Worlds in New Zealand through injury.

"Coming to major championships, it is all about winning," Smyth said. "The times are irrelevant. I'm delighted. I have put in a lot of hard work to get here.

"There are always things you can improve but crossing the line first is all-important."

Earlier, Cork's John McCarthy finished sixth in the T51 200m final with a personal best time of 43.62 seconds, but he will have to do it all again this morning after an opponent was disqualified.

Also in action today are Youghal native Amanda Crotty, who runs in the T12 1500m semi-final, and Dubliner Heather Jameson, who goes in the T37 long jump final.

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