Irish sprinter Jason Smyth is happy with his form as he prepares to defend his Paralympic 100m title in the T13 class at Rio 2016.

Smyth has had to cope with a litany of injuries in recent seasons, while also having to come to terms with the face that he won’t be able to complete 100m-200m doubles he achieved at Beijing 2008 and London 2012 due to the longer of the two sprints being removed from his classification.  

Regarding his recent form, Smyth told RTÉ Sport: “Things have gone very well.

“This year I’ve run quicker than I have in a few years, so preparation has been ideal, and as an athlete, being injury-free is always a massive thing.

“I’m happy with where I’m at and hopefully I can go out and run well over the next few days.”

The Derry man revealed a phlegmatic attitude to the removal of the 200m from his classification.

“It would be a nice fit to go double gold again in Rio,” the 29-year-old admitted.

“But it is the way it is.  

“I’ve known for three or four years at this stage.

“At the time I was very disappointed, but at this stage I’m well over it and my focus is on the 100 metres.

“I’ve still an opportunity to do well and hopefully win a gold medal.”

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Smyth faces a host of talented challengers in Rio, not least home hope Gustavo Henrique Araujo, while the prospect of an unknown laying down a strong challenge remains a distinct possibility.

“The Brazilian guy finished second to me last year at the World Championships,” Smyth said.

“He’s definitely one that I’ll be interested to see what he does and where he’s at in the heats.

“It’s very hard, one of the things I find in Paralympics sport is often we compete in mainstream or able-bodied events, so you don’t actually see peoples results so it very hard to know where other athletes are at.

“It’s not until you actually get out on the start line and run the heats that you see where people are at.”