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Kuwait’s Al-Adwani settles for 6th in 200m Ireland’s Smyth defends sprint double

LONDON, Sept 8, (Agencies): Kuwaiti Hamad Al-Adwani ended his run in sixth position Friday in the final of T53 200m race at the London Paralympics Games.
Al-Adwani time was 26.50 seconds, a personal number for his for this track (200m), while Chinese took the gold medal with the timing of 25.61 seconds.
Another Kuwaiti player Ahmad Al-Mutairi will be the last Kuwaiti to participate tomorrow in the London Paralympics Games, his race will be the T34 100m race.
In London, Ireland’s Jason Smyth destroyed the field again on Friday, as he took the T13 200m for visually impaired athletes in a new world record to cement his position as the fastest Paralympian in history.
The 25-year-old led from the blocks in the half-lap sprint and lowered his previous world best by 38 hundredths of a second to 21.05sec, less than a week after he won the 100m gold in 10.46sec — also a new world record time.
He won the same double in Beijing four years ago and at the World Championships in Assen, the Netherlands, last year.
Russia Alexey Labzin picked up silver in the race after clocking 21.95sec while compatriot Artem Loginov got bronze in 22.03sec, both personal bests.
The Northern Ireland-born Smyth, who trains with US sprint star Tyson Gay, narrowly missed out on Ireland’s Olympic team and has expressed hopes of becoming the first Paralympian to run 100m under 10sec.
Smyth has had the genetic disorder Stargardt’s disease since he was eight. He can see 10 percent of what a full-sighted person can. But he has had to come to terms with the condition.
“There’s no getting away from it, it’s difficult with the slightly under 10 percent vision that I have,” he said after the race.
“So you can imagine it can only be difficult in everything you do, from everyday life to running but you’ve got to learn to get on with it. The more you sit back and get frustrated the more it holds you back.
“Everybody has got their own issues in life, whatever they may be and it’s about making the most of what you can do.”
For Smyth, who has run an unofficial 10.22sec for the 100m — faster than the non-disabled women’s record — “making the most” of his talent means reaching a non-disabled sprint final.
“I’m in and around (the qualifying times). I just missed out on the Olympics, I’ve been doing that over the past few years and I know the best is yet to come,” he added.
Smyth credited his training with Gay in Florida as having helped his development as a sprinter.
“He’s been fantastic towards me and he’s given me a lot of support and advice. I can’t credit him enough,” he added.
“Since I went there (to Florida) he’s taken me under his wing and I don’t know what I’ve done to deserve it and be privileged to have the second-quickest man in the world want to see me do well.”

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