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Jason Smyth wins gold in IPC European Athletics Championships

Jason Smyth has won 100m Gold at the IPC European Athletics Championships

Jason Smyth has won 100m Gold at the IPC European Athletics Championships

 

Eglinton’s Jason Smyth has won 100m Gold in the IPC European Athletics Championships in Swansea.

The visually-impaired athlete was reclassified into the T12 category on the eve of the event because of the progression of his Stargardts condition after dominating world T13 sprinting for eight years.

However, it failed to faze Smyth, who ran 10.78 seconds on his way to victory.

Smyth (27), a double gold medallist at the Beijing and London Paralympics, said: “Championship running is about getting medals. Times will come some days others they won’t.

“I was last tested nine years ago at an IPC event but when things deteriorate you don’t notice unless it is a massive change. I hadn’t noticed anything,” he added.

“I found it hard getting my head right for the races with the ifs and buts.”

The Londonderry man will also compete in the 200m event on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Michael McKillop will start as favourite on Wednesday in the T38 800m final.

 
 
 

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