Rio Olympics

Jason Smyth wins fifth Paralympic gold medal

Jason Smyth won gold in Rio


IRELAND'S Jason Smyth has won the fifth Paralympic gold medal of his career after finishing first in the 100m final in Rio.

The 29-year-old from Derry won today's race with a time of 10.64.

Smyth, who is visually-impaired, won both the 100m and 200m at the previous two Paralympic games, but this will be his only medal in Rio after organisers scrapped the 200m this time around.

As an eight year old, Smyth was diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, which has left him with less than 10% of normal vision.

In today's final, he produced a time that was just 0.16 off his personal best and beat his closest rival, Namibian Johannes Nambala by 0.14 seconds.


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