Fastest Ever Paralympian Jason Smyth Loses NI Title In Photo Finish

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Words by Colette Carr

The world’s fastest Paralympian Jason Smyth yesterday lost his Northern Ireland title as he agonsingly was edged out in a photo finish by up-and-coming sprinter Aaron Sexton.

The North Down man crossed the line alongside Smyth in a dead heat time of 10.69 over the 100m at the Mary Peters track in Belfast, but the 17-year-old had lady luck on his side as he nicked the gold in the blanket finish.

Smyth, who had held the Northern Ireland and Ulster Open Senior Championship 100m by a stranglehold, won his heat with a time of 10.77.

The 30-year-old recently won gold in the Great City Games in Manchester’s T13 150m and welcomed his second child into the world.