Second Gold for World’s fastest Paralympian Jason Smyth at London 2012 Paralympic Games
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Tourism & Sport Michael Ring have extended their congratulations to Jason Smyth following his triumph in the T13 200m final.
Jason already holds two Paralympic gold medals in the T13 100m and 200m Men’s Sprint events in Beijing in 2008. He set two world records in Beijing and his superb win on Friday means he has set two new world records in the T13 100m and 200m finals in London as well.
Jason’s win is Ireland's 16th Paralympic medal this year and his fourth gold medal for Paralympic athletics.
“In spite of the fact that Jason was the firm favourite coming into these games, his enormous success has surpassed the expectations of even the most fervent optimist. I would like to congratulate him on achieving his second gold for Ireland in these games,” Minister Varadkar said.
“Jason has lifted the spirits of his family, friends, coaches, community and everyone in Team Ireland. Achieving a gold medal for sporting achievement on the international stage is an achievement in itself, but to win two is truly outstanding,” Minister Ring said.