Athlete in numbers: Jason Smyth

Ireland’s fastest man going for a sixth Paralympic gold medal at Tokyo 2020 05 Mar 2020
A male sprinter on an athletics track
Jason Smyth celebrates his win in the men's 100m T13 final at the Dubai 2019 World Para Athletics Championships
ⒸLuc Percival for World Para Athletics
By World Para Athletics

Irish runner Jason Smyth will head to his fourth Paralympics at Tokyo 2020 and is part of the series of interviews with leading athletes on World Para Sport social media pages ahead of the Games.

Here are the numbers behind one of Para athletics biggest stars:

13 – Jason Smyth’s Para athletics sport class (T13), for athletes with vision impairment.

16 – Smyth took up athletics at the age of 16 at the Derry City Track Club in Northern Ireland.

2006 – The year when the vision impaired sprinter impairment made his international debut, competing for Ireland in the European Championships in Espoo, Finland. 

5 – The number of Smyth's Paralympic gold medals. 

10.46 – The time he clocked to stand top of the podium at London’s Olympic Stadium in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

8 – World titles. He won the first one at Assen 2006. The last one at Dubai 2019.

At Doha 2015, Smyth only raced the 100m in order to return home in time for the birth of his daughter.

2009 – The year he received an honorary doctorate from Queen’s University Belfast in Northern Ireland.

2020 – The Goldsmyth has as ambition to win his sixth gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

You can see the interview with Jason Smyth here below.