LONDON – Ireland’s Jason Smyth followed in the footsteps of Usain Bolt by completing a London 2012 sprint double today.
The 25-year-old, the fastest Paralympian in the world, added the 200 metres crown to his 100m title with another dominant display. And he went a step further than the self-confessed Jamaican “living legend” by smashing the world record for the third time in four races at the Olympic Stadium.
The only one in the final to have gone under 22 seconds, this was on paper a formality for Smyth. And so it proved as the sprinter, who trains in Florida with Tyson Gay, the joint second-fastest man of all time, clocked 21.05 seconds, 0.90secs ahead of second place and 0.38s quicker than his old world best mark.
Victory ensured the Derry athlete, who is visually impaired because of Stargardt disease, has successfully defended both T13 titles he won four years ago in Beijing.