DERRY sprinter, Jason Smyth is favourite to capture his third Paralympic gold medal in the 100m event this afternoon having strolled through his heat in Rio de Janiero last night.
The 29 year-old ‘Eglinton flyer’ has never lost a final at a Paralympic games, and has four golds under his belt ahead of today’s final which gets underway at 3.09 p.m., Irish time.
And the partially sighted sprinter, who completed a ‘double, double’ of gold medals in London 2012, plans on ‘stepping it up a notch’ as he attempts to clinch another gold.
Smyth won his heat comfortably last night in a time of 10.76 seconds despite being the second slowest runner out of the blocks but he soon surged away from his rivals t o clinch first place.
“Tonight was about getting through to the final,” he said. “Tomorrow is about stepping it up another notch and hopefully things can go well.
“At this stage it’s about getting your head right and making sure you can put the race together.
“I’m not worried about times. I know I’m capable of running very quick. At the end of the day finals are about making sure you’re the first person across the line.”
I’m not worried about times. I know I’m capable of running very quick. At the end of the day finals are about making sure you’re the first person across the line.Jason Smyth