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Jason Smyth wins eighth 100m World Championship gold medal in Dubai

Jason Smyth
Jason Smyth
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Jason Smyth has become 100m world champion for the eighth time after winning gold at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai.

The Derry man set a new championship record of 10.54 seconds on his way to victory in the T13 100m final, winning by the comfortable margin of 0.32 seconds.

Smyth, who is legally blind, was just 0.08 seconds off his own world record, while it was 0.03 seconds off his season's best, however it wasn't to matter as he breezed to the win.

His remarkable record means he is still undefeated on the major championship stage and takes his outrageous gold medal haul to 20 in all competitions.

The 32-year-old's gold is Ireland's second medal of the championships, with Niamh McCarthy (Cork) winning bronze in the F41 discus on Tuesday.

Australia's Chad Perris came home in second behind Smyth, while Namibia's Johannes Nambala took the bronze medal in third.

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