Jason Smyth wins gold on 'super' day for Irish Paralympic team

Jason Smyth wins gold on 'super' day for Irish Paralympic team

JASON Smyth stormed to his fifth world title victory at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha on what was a ‘super Saturday’ for the Irish team.

Dubbed the ‘fastest Paralympian on the planet’, the Derry man won gold in the T13 100m final in 10.62 seconds.

“It was great to get out there and start competing, it’s been a couple of years since the last Worlds so it’s great to be here and cross the line first,” he said. 

“Obviously you always want to be quicker but at the end of the day I got gold and that’s all that matters for me.”

The visually impaired world record holder had spent the majority of his season in rehabilitation, following knee surgery in January.

He will not defend his 200m title this year, as he returned home after the race for the birth of his first child.

Belfast athlete Michael McKillop also inspired Irish Paralympic hopes by winning gold in the final of the T38 800m in a season's best time of 2:01.31.

McKillop - who has a mild form of cerebral palsy - will aim to defend his T37 1500m title on Friday, and is favourite to win a sixth IPC world gold medal.