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Jason Smyth heads to Para Athletics World Championships in London

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Jason Smyth heads to Para Athletics World Championships in London thumbnailJason Smyth from Eglinton is one of ten Irish athletes who will travel to London for the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships which runs from July 14 to July 23.

PARALYMPICS Ireland has announced that Eglinton sprinter is among the team of ten set to contest the 2017 Para Athletics World Championships which will take place in the iconic London Olympic Stadium from July 14 until July 23 inclusive.
The Irish team boasts five Paralympic medallists and all ten athletes competed at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
Led by multiple Paralympic gold medallists and defending World champions Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop, this experienced team also features Cork's trio of throwing Paralympic medallists Noelle Lenihan, Orla Barry and Niamh McCarthy. All five secured podium finishes at the last World Championships in 2015, as did Deirdre Mongan who is also named. Middle distance runner Greta Streimikyte will make her World Championship debut, as will Dublin sprinter Orla Comerford.
Meath man Paul Keogan will race over 200m and 400m with Kildare wheelchair racer set to challenge over 800m and 1500m, as his favoured event; the marathon is not on the London programme.
For the first time ever, both the World Para Athletics Championships and the IAAF World Championships will be held in the same city in the same summer across twenty days making it the world's biggest sporting event of 2017.
The Para Championships precede its able-bodied equivalent getting underway on July 14th, and already over 230,000 tickets have been sold for the Para Athletics World Championships making it by far the biggest in the event's history.

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