Smyth Completes Paralympics Sprint Double as Vergeer Wins Gold
Ireland’s Jason Smyth won the 200 meters T13 to complete a sprint double at the London Paralympics, as Esther Vergeer of the Netherlands captured her fourth straight singles tennis gold medal.
Smyth, 25, won in a time of 21.05 seconds, besting his own world mark by 0.38 seconds and beating silver medalist Alexey Labzin by 0.90 seconds. Smyth also broke the world mark in winning the 100 meters T13 six days ago.
Vergeer defeated compatriot Aniek van Koot 6-0, 6-3 in the women’s tennis final Jiske Griffioen gave the Netherlands a sweep of the medals by taking the bronze.
Vergeer, 31, started playing tennis at age 12, and has a career record of 687-25. The right-handed player hasn’t lost since 2003, winning 120 straight tournaments. She’s won six Paralympic gold medals and one silver, and will team up with Marjolein Buis in the women’s doubles final in two days against van Koot and Griffioen.
China continues to dominate the medal standings with 82 gold and 205 in total. Britain is second with 32 gold and a total of 114, while Russia has 331 gold among its 92 medals. The games run through Sept. 9, with more than 4,000 athletes from 164 teams competing in a series of classes depending on their impairment.
Josie Pearson of the U.K. set a world record in the women’s discus F51/52/53, while Oksana Zubkovska of Ukraine established a world mark in the women’s long jump.
In the men’s javelin F40 event, China’s Wang Zhiming won with a world record of 47.95 meters, while in the men’s javelin F42, his compatriot Fu Yanlong set a record with a mark of 52.79 meters. Chinese athletes have won 13 gold medals today, six in track and field, and 23 medals total.
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