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Another gold for Smyth in Swansea
21 Aug 2014 20:08
Ireland’s Jason Smyth has completed the sprint double at the Paralympic Athletics European Championships in Swansea, adding the T12 200m title to 100m crown he claimed earlier in the week.
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The reigning double Paralympic and world champion, and world record holder claimed the gold in a time of 21.67 seconds, ahead of Joan Munar of Spain in silver in 22.28, and Artem Loginov of Russia in bronze in 22.55.
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Into a considerable headwind (-0.8m/s) and with a wet track to contend with, the athlete regarded as the fastest Paralympian on the planet, shot out of the blocks and was already clear of the field at the bend.
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Demonstrating his characteristic textbook sprint action the 27-year-old impressively powered to the line almost seven tenths of a second quicker than this in morning’s semi-final.
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After the race Smyth said: “It’s been a long summer and I seem to have had issues after issues so I’m just glad and delighted to get the medal in the 200m also.
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"I didn’t feel I performed as well as I should have in the 100m so I’m much happier after this one. Championships are about medals, so I’m over the moon that I’ve delivered here.”
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Lorraine Regan was the other Irish athlete in action this afternoon contesting the F56 Javelin.
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Regan, 24, impressively threw a season’s best of 15.80m, in this the favoured of her two events at these championships, to place fifth overall. World and European record holder Martina Willing of Germany claimed gold with a best throw of 20.71m.
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Earlier on, Cork’s Orla Barry became the third Irish athlete to medal at the championships when she claimed silver in the F57 Discus with a best throw of 28.13m.
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2012 Paralympic silver medallist in the F51 Discus Catherine O’Neill is also competing tomorrow. O’Neill however is competing in the F32/F51 Club Throw (combined class) as the discus in not on the programme.
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