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Jason Smyth takes sixth Paralympic gold

Ireland's Jason Smyth has won gold for the sixth time after a dramatic photo finish in the T13 10...
Eric Haughan
Eric Haughan

13.38 29 Aug 2021


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Jason Smyth takes sixth Paraly...

Jason Smyth takes sixth Paralympic gold

Eric Haughan
Eric Haughan

13.38 29 Aug 2021


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Ireland's Jason Smyth has won gold for the sixth time after a dramatic photo finish in the T13 100m final in Tokyo.

Ireland's Jason Smyth has won gold for the sixth time after a dramatic photo finish in the T13 100m final in Tokyo.

The Derryman got the nod ahead of Algeria's Skander Djamil Athmani in a photo finish by just 0.01 seconds to win the third Irish medal of the Games.

He finished in a season's best of 10.53 seconds to claim victory. Colombia's Jean Carlos Mina Aponza won bronze.

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Jason Smyth Jason Smyth of Ireland with his gold medal after winning the T13 Men's 100 metre final at the Olympic Stadium on day five during the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Smyth was competing at his fourth Games after previous success at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Smyth made it to the final after winning his Sunday morning heat with minimum fuss.

He won the second heat ahead of USA's Isaac Jean-Paul in a time of 10.74.

The stylish Athmani had been the fastest qualifier from the heats.

Watch OTB's exclusive interview with Jason Smyth here: 


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