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Rio golden boys Smyth and McKillop home to heroes' welcome

Paralympic golden boys Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop are already planning for more success at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as the pair arrived back to home yesterday.

The athletes were given a heroes' welcome at Dublin airport as hundreds of family, friends and fans erupted into a spontaneous sing-song to welcome the team home from Rio.

Smyth won the 100m T13 final in 10.64 seconds while Ireland team mate McKillop showed his dominance once again in the 1500m, claiming gold in a time of 4.12.12.

Jason (29) from Eglinton in Co Londonderry showed off his medal to his delighted wife and baby daughter Elise and Evie after getting off the plane.

He said it would be "incredible" to go to a fourth consecutive Paralympics - and bring gold home again.

But before his training begins the paralympian said he would "relax and sleep".

And a determined Michael (26) from Glengormley added that he planned to finish his Paralympic career in Tokyo with another gold.

Gold medallists Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth on arrival at Dublin Airport and (below) Jason with wife Elise and daughter Evie

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