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.
.@AthleticsNI Senior Championships
Men’s 100 metres final. 🏃♂️
Dead heat between Jason Smyth & Aaron Sexton
Both had a time of 10:69.
Aaron Sexton was awarded the win🥇 pic.twitter.com/7VS2ixPJ6x
— BBC SPORT NI (@BBCSPORTNI) June 9, 2018
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.