IRISH DOUBLE FOR McKILLOP AND SMYTH
IRELAND’S Jason Smyth took his haul of global gold medals to 10 as he completed yet another sprint double. The 30-year-old has dominated the T13 events and is unbeaten in his entire para-athletics career, with that superiority continuing in the UK capital.
After winning the 100m in 10.63, Smyth returned to take the 200m title in 21.40 clear ahead of Namibia’s Johannes Nambala and Poland’s Mateusz Michalski.
“I’m over the moon,” said the world’s fastest-ever Paralympian. “With Sunday, having the 100m, I didn’t quite get to relax because I knew I had to be out the next day. But now I feel like I can relax. The relief, the pressure is gone.”
An incredibly tactical T37 1500m was won easily by Smyth’s compatriot and friend, Michael McKillop, as he clocked 4:36.38 after a last-lap battle with Canada’s Liam Stanley. McKillop, whose world record for the event is 3:59.54, successfully defended both of his world titles as he returned to the scene of his double gold medalwinning success from the London Paralympics five years before.
Michael McKillop: 1500m gold
Jason Smyth: 100m and 200m wins