RUNNER | TEAM IRELAND | 100M & 200M
19 times a gold medallist sprinter, world record holder and unbeaten in over ten years in his discipline, Jason Smyth is a world class athlete and a true champion.
– 100m : Personal Best 10.22 and World Record 10.46
– 200m : Personal Best 20.94 and World Record 21.05
Heralded by Michael D Higgins, the President of Ireland, for his “extraordinary achievement” and for “being such a positive role model”.
Ian O’Riordan of The Irish Times says, “What is certain is Smyth’s longevity and glorious medal haul makes him the greatest Paralympics sprinter of his generation, already a role model for the next.”
At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing he reached new heights by winning two Paralympic gold medals, and setting world records in the T13 100m and 200m sprints.
He added to his success during the 2012 Paralympic Games in London by retaining his titles and beating his own world records in both events. Making him the fastest Paralympian ever.
He has added both 2 European and World gold medals to his collection since then. In 2016 Jason won the T13 100m Paralympic gold medal in Rio.
His aim is to defend his position as champion and win in the Paralympics in Tokyo 2020.