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Derry sprinter Jason Smyth smashes record to take European gold

Jason Smyth
Jason Smyth

Jason Smyth has beaten his own World Para-athletics European Championship record to take gold in the T13 200m race in Berlin.

The Londonderry sprinter clocked a time of 21.44 and maintains an unbeaten streak dating back to 2005.

Following him in second place was Poland's Mateusz Mateusz in a time of 21.87, with Romanian Octavian Vasile Tucaliuc in third place in a time of 23.43.

London-based father-of-two Smyth hit top form a week ago with a time of 21.40 seconds at Lee Valley, which equalled his performance when he took the World Paralympic title in London a year ago.

At the same meeting he also ran his fastest 100m time in two years of 10.53 seconds.

Smyth's achievements are simply phenomenal, with no fewer than 16 major para awards to his name, including five Paralympic and seven world titles.

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