Paralympics Day Five: Gold for Jason Smyth by smallest of margins

Paralympics Day Five: Gold For Jason Smyth By Smallest Of Margins
Jason Smyth narrowly beat Algeria's Skander Djamil Athmani to take the Gold. Photo: INPHO/Tommy Dickson
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Team Ireland has claimed a second Gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics on Day Five of the Games.

Jason Smyth continued his unbeaten streak, taking his sixth Paralympic Gold in the Men's T13 100m final.


Smyth saw off Algeria's Skander Djamil Athmani by just one hundredth of a second, with the race going down to a photo finish.


Earlier, in the pool bright and early was Róisín Ní Riain, racing in the S13 50m Freestyle. The 16-year-old took a time of 28.88 seconds which was not enough to see her through to the final.

Kerrie Leonard was next up, competing in the Individual Compound Archery event. Getting off to a great start, Leonard led her head-to-head in the 1/16 elimination, going on to win 141-137. The win sees her through to the last eight which will take place on Monday at 3am Irish time.

There was personal bests all round in the Powerlifting event as Britney Arendse featured in the 73kg final. The 21-year-old took her first PB of the day, managing 103kg on her first lift, before taking 104kg in her second lift. Making it three from three, the Cavan woman then lifted 107kg in the third round, finishing in 7th place overall.

Jordan Lee also made his Paralympic debut, competing in the T47 High Jump. The Kerry man started well, clearing 1.74 metres to rank joint third, but a medal wasn't to be as he finished 7th overall after three missed attempts to clear 1.79 meters.

In the Equestrian Grade I-V Team Test, Tamsin Addison secured a score of 66.232% in the final round giving Team Ireland a combined score of 207.176%. They currently sit in third place, with the round still ongoing.

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