Smyth shocked at Gay revelations

20 July 2013; Team Ireland's Jason Smyth, from Eglinton, Co. Derry, competing in the Men's 200m ' T13 semi-final. 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Stadium Parilly, Lyon, France. Picture credit: John Paul Thomas / SPORTSFILE

20 July 2013; Team Ireland's Jason Smyth, from Eglinton, Co. Derry, competing in the Men's 200m ' T13 semi-final. 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Stadium Parilly, Lyon, France. Picture credit: John Paul Thomas / SPORTSFILE

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JASON Smyth has expressed his shock after learning of his training partner, Tyson Gay’s positive drugs test.

The 25 year-old visually impaired sprinter has trained alongside the American for the past four years in Florida.

However, he refuses to let the ongoing drugs scandal affect his hopes of winning double gold at the World Paralympic Championships this week.

“When I heard the news obviously I was extremely shocked,” said Smyth.

“But for me I’ve let it go and have tried to forget about all of that because at the end of the day I’m here for the World Championships.

“This is where I have to concentrate on performing and competing and let go of things that are going on outside of myself, otherwise it becomes a distraction,” he concluded.