Para Athletics World Championships: Congrats Jason and Orla!

Congratulations to Fighting Blindness ambassadors Jason Smyth and Orla Comerford for their success at the Para Athletics World Championships.  Jason Smyth claims seventh World Championship Gold medal as he adds the T13 200m to his 100m title in London he won on Sunday night.

It was a stunning performance by the 30 year-old Derry sprinter who stormed to victory with a season’s best time of 21.40 seconds, finishing well ahead of Namibia’s Johannes Nambala (21.81 seconds) in second and Poland’s Mateusz Michalski (21.86 seconds) in third at the Queen Victoria Olympic Park.

Orla Comerford ran brilliantly to finish sixth in the T13 100m final on day four of the Para Athletics World Championships in London. Crossing the line in 12.55seconds the nineteen-year old visually impaired athlete was only one hundredth a second off her best ever time set just a few weeks ago. This was Orla’s World Championship debut and she will be pleased to have improved two positions on the eighth place she secured at the Rio Paralympic Games less than a year ago.