Sunday 18 February 2018

Pure speed! Fastest Paralympian on earth Jason Smyth qualifies for 100m final with Bolt-esque ease

Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Irish sprinter Jason Smyth remains on course for his fifth Paralympic gold medal after qualifying for the 100m final in Rio last night.

The Derry runner crossed the line in a time of 10.76 to easily claim his heat, but pulled up in a similar fashion to the great Usain Bolt, suggesting there is more to come in the medal race.

Smyth, who won 100m and 200m doubles at the previous two Olympic games, will run in the final at 3.09pm this afternoon.

Unfortunately, the 200m event isn't being run at the Rio games, so Smyth will only have the prospect of one gold, which, on last night's performance, looks increasingly likely.

He was the fastest qualifier from the two heats.

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