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Ireland's Jason Smyth Wins Double-Gold At European Championships

Ireland's Jason Smyth Wins Double-Gold At European Championships
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

Ireland's Jason Smyth has claimed his second gold medal of the 2018 European Para Athletics Championships in Berlin. Running the 100m final this evening, it is Smyth's eighteenth-gold medal in a Para-athletics sprinting event.

For the third-time, Smyth has now won the 100m & 200m finals at the European Para Athletics Championships.

The outstanding favourite coming into this evening's final, the Irish sprinter had set a new competition record of 10.87 during his qualifying heat earlier this morning. Still some way shy of the world-record 10.46 he ran during the Paralympic games in London six years ago, the 31-year-old proceeded to beat that record in his run this evening with his 10.65.

You can watch his outstanding run below. 

Incredibly, this evening's gold medal maintains the astonishing hold Jason Smyth has over this discipline. Although the 200m win already assured Smyth continued his run of winning a gold medal at every championships he has run in since 2005, tonight's win only serves to emphatically pronounce Smyth's domination further still.

Overall, Ireland's successes at this summer's World Para Athletics Championships in Berlin have been plentiful, building on a wonderful year for Irish sport.

Kerryman Jordan Lee brought the Irish tally of medals of six before Smyth's success in the 100m final this evening. He claimed bronze in the T47 high jump earlier this morning.


Lee joined Orla Comerford in winning bronze for Ireland, while Greta Streimikyte, Orla Barry, Noelle Lenihan and Jason Smyth himself all claimed gold over the opening days of the championships.

See Also: Kerryman Jordan Lee Wins Bronze In Euro Para Athletics High Jump

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