Men’s 100m T13 Heats
Result Heat 1:
1. Jason Smyth (IRL) 10.54,
2. LF Gutierrez (CUB) 10.94,
3. A Loginov (RUS) 11.16
Jason Smyth who is from Derry set a new world record in his heat for the T13 100m. He had held the previous record also. His personal best this season is even faster.
While he is visually impaired, nothing short of a gold medal was in his sights as he set out for London this year.
A video of his preparation shows him in Sandymount, Morton Stadium and elsewhere training and building up to these games. He is based in the USA but runs for Ireland. There he trains with US sprint king Tyson Gay.
Yesterday he beat his own world Paralympic record by clocking a time of 10.54 which is still .30 off his season best this year.
“I know I am in good shape and I am glad to be able to show this in my performance. It was disappointing not to make the Olympics but the Paralympics is always important to me and it is good to represent Ireland and hopefully medal for my country”
As I have a clinic in Derry where I work with sports-people from all disciplines, ages and ability levels I know that this run is incredibly important and he is supported by everyone in Ireland North, South, East and West.