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Celebrations as Jason Smyth games romps to Rio gold

By Staff Reporter

Ulsterman Jason Smyth took gold for Ireland's Paralympic team - his fifth overall - yesterday after he powered to victory in the T13 100m sprint at the Rio games.

It was the first medal of the Rio Paralympic games for Ireland, and will give the team a huge boost as they target a record medal haul.

Jason confirmed that he was aiming to win gold medals in four consecutive Games by heading to Tokyo in four years time.

"Winning gold medals never gets old," the sprinter said. "This is year one of a five-year cycle."

The Republic's Sports Minister, Shane Ross TD said: Minster Ross said: "I am delighted for Jason.

"He was a favourite coming into these games being the defending champion, and to achieve a fifth gold medal is exceptional.

"I hope that his achievement of winning Team Ireland's first medal on only the second day of the games will give our other athletes a real boost."

Northern Ireland Secretary of State James Brokenshire tweeted: "Congratulations on winning your 5th Paralympic gold medal.

"A truly remarkable achievement."

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