Day 03 Evening Report
JASON SMYTH TAKES GOLD IN 100M MICHAEL McKILLOP TAKES GOLD IN 800M
DARRAGH MCDONALD TAKES GOLD IN 400M FREESTYLE
Athletics Jason Smyth retained his 100m T3 100m title is style by setting a new world record on his way to gold at the Olympic Stadium.
Smyth smashed his own world record in the heats with a time of 10.54 and he took a further .08 off his new record with a scintillating 10.46 in the final. Cuba’s Luis Felipe Gutierrez took silver in 11.02 and South Africa’s Jonathan Ntutu took bronze in 11.03
Jason Smyth commented,
“This just goes to show that if you work hard and apply yourself you can achieve at the greatest level”
“Coming into the Championships I knew I was under pressure to retain my title so I wanted to do that first and foremost and thankfully I was able to do that. Of course there was the added bonus of a world record”
“Times at championships are irrelevant. It doesn’t matter whether you run ten zero or eleven zero as long as you win. I believe I can run quicker that again.”
Michael McKillop broke his own world record in the T37 800m final to claim Team Ireland’s third Gold medal of the day and fourth of the Games.
McKillop coasted home in a time of 1:57.22, Mohamed Charmi of Tunisia took silver in 2:01.45 and Brad Scott of Australia took bronze in 2:02.04
“If you don’t enjoy that then you will never enjoy anything in your life. It’s an honour to come out again and race for my country. But to run in front of my Mum for the first time in a major championships is something special and my friends and girlfriend is really nice”
“I knew exactly what I had to do. I was 420 out and I just went at it, just nailed it, put the hammer down with 200 to go I looked up at the big screen, had a enough of a gap so I hit it again coming down the home straight just to be sure. “
“I wanted to enjoy this as you don’t often get a chance to run at a major championships like this”
Swimming Wexford’s Darragh McDonald powered his way to a Gold Medal in the 400m Freestyle final at the Aquatic Centre this evening.
The 18-year-old McDonald shaved a massive 7 seconds off his PB clocking a time of 4:55.56. Anders Olsson of Sweden took silver in 5:03.44 and Martin Whorwood of Great Britain took bronze in 5:11.59.
Darragh McDonald commented,
“From this morning I knew I had more left in the tank but I didn’t think there was that much. It is great, it shows how far Paralympics Swimming has come in four years.
“I said to myself before I started that I was not going to think about times. That is what I did.”
“It’s a ten second PB since this morning. I cannot believe it, it’s just great”.
Former Paralympic champion and Paralympic Ireland Swimming Team Manager Dave Malone, commented on Darragh’s achievement,
“It was a classic case of age and experience versus youth and hunger. Youth and Hunger won.”
In the 200m Freestyle S5 final, James Scully knocked three seconds off his PB to finish fifth in a time of 2:53.03. The gold was won by Daniel Dias of Brazil in a time of 2:27.83.
Shooting Sean Baldwin failed to advance into the final of the Mixed R3 – 10m Air Rifle Prone SH1 competition with a score of 589. The eight finalists all shot a perfect score of 600 in the qualifying round.
Following the event, Baldwin commented,
"I am disappointed as I had a good chance here. It was a timing issue, I needed to pick up the pace and it led to the score of 27 in the third string, I knew then that I wouldn't qualify. Now the focus is on my last event on Wednesday".
Sailing The Irish Sailing team of John Twomey, Anthony Hegarty and Ian Costello finished in ninth overall following Races 1 and 2 of the Three Person Keelboat competition at Weymouth. The Irish crew finished 11th in Race 1 and 7th in Race 2 to lie ninth overall.