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ATHLETICS: Gold double for Smyth

Jason Smyth (pictured centre), from Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, who won the gold medal in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea

Jason Smyth (pictured centre), from Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, who won the gold medal in the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea

 

There was a second gold medal for Jason Smyth at the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea as he clinched the T12 200 metres title.

The Ireland team member’s time of 21.67 seconds saw him comfortably clear of Spanish runner Joan Munar who clocked 22.28.

Smyth won the T12 100m on Tuesday after his reclassification on the eve of the championships saw him forced to move from T13 competition.

Despite a season blighted with injuries Londonderry man Smyth was content to win another major title.

“I’m happy as that was my first 200m since the Worlds last year in Lyon,” said Smyth.

“It was better than the 100m the other day. I came here looking to win two gold medals so I am really pleased to come here and be able to do that.

“I’m probably not in the shape I would like to be in but it has been a long season with lots of niggles and issues that set me back.

“But at the end of the day it is about coming here and competing and winning medals.”

The 27 year old’s winning time on was .11secs outside the T12 200m world record achieved by Poland’s Mateusz Michalski at the London Paralympics.

 

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