Jason Smyth has progressed to the final of the T13 100 metres at the World Para Athletics Championships with relative ease as he won his heat with a time of 10:84.
The dominant Derryman, who holds the world record for this event (10.46) and has never been beaten at the World Championships or Paralympics, was comfortable throughout in Dubai and could even afford to ease up short of the line.
He will be joined in this afternoon's final (3.15pm Irish time) by Austin Ingram from Canada and Doniyorjon Akhmedov from Uzbekhistan, who finished second and thirdd respectively.
However, Smyth will be wary of the threat that will be posed by the Australian sprinter Chris Perris, who finished just three hundredths of a second off Smyth's time when winning his own heat.
"It's just about getting through the heats trying to exert as little energy as possible," said the 32-year-old after his race.
"Relax and get ready for the final. We're really down to business later."
There will be other Irish interest today as Jordan Lee makes his Championship debut. The young Kerry man is ranked No 2 in the world in the High Jump and his final gets underway at 2pm.
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