Smyth’s hopes of fast 100m dashed

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Derry sprinter, Jason Smyth was left frustrated with his latest display on the track as his hopes of a quick 100 metres outing were dashed when he finished fifth in 10.67 seconds at a meeting in Orlando, Florida on Saturday.

Running into a wind of two metres per second, times were slow with Jamaican, Ramone McKenzie winning in 10.44 seconds.

Smyth was .45secs outside his personal best and as he also finished behind Keston Bledman (10.51), Rodney Greene (10.64) and Gerard Phiri (10.66).

Smyth was disqualified at a meeting the previous Saturday following a false start after running an earlier time of 10.36.

“Not such a good day at the start. Not me this time though,” said Smyth on Twitter after the race. “People jittering in set affected everyone. It’s going to be third time lucky.”

The Eglinton man’s principal target this summer is to qualify for the World Championships in Moscow as he has already booked a place at the Paralympics World Championships in France.

To do that, the four-time Paralympic gold medallist will have to better his personal best as the Moscow championships B standard is 10.21 with the A mark 10.15.

In recent years, Athletics Ireland have selected athletes with B standards for World Championships if no performer has achieved the A mark.

Smyth’s 10.22 personal best in 2011 earned him a place at that year’s World Championships in Daegu while his 2012 best of 10.24 was .06secs outside the London Olympics standard.

Smyth will be hoping for a major improvement in his next outing after what has been a disappointing start to his summer outdoor campaign season for the local man which has come on the back of his controversial exclusion from this year’s London Anniversary Games.