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Rio gold for Ireland's Jason Smyth: Fastest Paralympian alive blitzes the field in 100m final

By Will Slattery

Ireland's Jason Smyth won his fifth Paralympic gold medal after blitzing the field in the T13 100m final at the Rio athletics stadium.

The 29-year-old Derry athlete eased through his heat last night and showed that he had plenty left in the tank as he won today's race in a time of 10.64.

Smyth won 100m/200m doubles at the previous two Paralympic games, but unfortunately this will be his only medal in Rio after the organisers opted not to run the 200m this time around.

Despite not coming into the medal race in the form that saw him claim the 100m world record in London, Smyth still recorded the fastest time in the heats and was only 0.16 off his record mark in today's final.

The medal, Ireland's first at the Rio Paralympics, will be a huge boost to the team as they target a record haul, having won 16 in London four years ago.

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