Smyth sets out roadmap for Rio 2016

Sunday, 23 December 2012
By Duncan Mackay

Jason Smyth running at London 2012December 23 - Ireland's Jason Smyth, who completed the T13 100 and 200 metres double at London 2012 for the second consecutive Paralympics, has already mapped out his plan of how he hopes to complete the hat-trick at Rio 2016.

It includes also qualifying for the Olympics, which Smyth narrowly missed doing at London.

"What happened in the Paralympics in London made up for it because really that event couldn't have gone any better for me," the 25-year-old Smyth told the Belfast Telegraph in an interview published today. 

"I won two golds and broke world records in each final which was fantastic.

"Achieving that was great but to have the incredible support that was in London made everything even more special.

"The Paralympics has moved forward so much and come out of the darkness.

"Hopefully that will continue and I want to play my part in that.

"In 2016 in Rio I want to retain my Paralympic titles.

"I also want to make the Olympic Games in four years time.

"That's my big goal - it would be brilliant if I could race in both."

Jason Smyth fastest Paralympian on the planetJason Smyth, the self-style "Fastest Paralympian On The Planet", wants to prove it by running in the Olympics at Rio 2016

Smyth will have the opportunity of a dress rehearshal next year when he is setting his targets as competing n the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championships in Lyon between July 19 and 28 and then in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships in Moscow, which is due to be held between August 10 and 18. 

Smyth's personal best for the 100m of 10.22sec is currently marginally outside the A-qualifying standard of 10.18 for the event in Moscow, where his competitors would probably include Usain Bolt, Yohan Blake and Justin Gatlin.

"I have the World Paralympics Championships in Lyon in France in late July when I'll hope to win two gold medals again," he told the Belfast Telegraph.

"Then it's the mainstream World Championships.

"I'm hoping to qualify for that. It'll require me to run a little quicker than my personal best but I believe I am capable of doing that."

Contact the writer of this story at duncan.mackay@insidethegames.biz


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