Smyth a double champion with gold medal number eight for Ireland07/09/2012 - 20:59:53
Jason Smyth is a double Olympic Champion once again after he made it gold medal number eight for Team Ireland with victory in the 200 metres T13 final.
Smyth also set a new world record of 21.05 seconds to claim his second gold of the London Games.
Earlier, hand cyclist Mark Rohan also won his second gold medal when he came home in first place in the Individual H1 Road Race.
Wexford’s Catherine O’Neill won silver in the discus with a throw of 5.66m for 880 points.
Thanks to today's performance, Ireland has now won a total of 16 medals from this Paralympics.
Ireland’s Raymond O’Dwyer was 18th in the F32/33/34 discus.
Smyth completed his lap of honour holding an Irish flag which read 'Jason for double gold' before performing Bolt's trademark 'Lightning Bolt' pose on the podium.
He said: “The people here and the British and the Irish, the cheers and support for me has been absolutely fantastic and I’ll never forget it. It is a home Games and it’s been a pleasure to be here competing.”
Smyth, as a Northern Irishman, said he could have easily been representing the hosts at these Games.
He added: “I’m not politically Irish or politically British. I could have gone for Britain just as easy as I went for Ireland, but at the time both people were given the opportunity and the sports council in Ireland came on and wanted to support and help me and did whatever they could, whereas whoever was in charge of GB at the time was like ’whatever, whatever’.
“I’m not that bothered and it made my decision very easy, but they’ve helped me to get where I am today.”
The Paralympics end on Sunday.
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