Jason Smyth is world’s fastest para-athlete

23/9/2008. Taoiseach meets Paralympic teams

Jason Smyth, from Derry, yesterday sealed his title of being the world’s fasted para-athlete in Rio, Brazil.

The 28-year-old runner, who is visually impaired, beat other competitors of different disability classes to win the 100m race in 10.73 seconds.

Smyth was in Rio, alongside his competitors for the festivities ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games next year.

Speaking to Rio2016.com he said  “It was fantastic. I am very pleased with the result and even more so because so many people came to watch. The event was very well organised and I’m sure that Rio is on the right track for next year.”


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