IR­ISH DOU­BLE FOR McKILLOP AND SMYTH

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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

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