Jason Smyth Retires Undefeated
Sport Ireland would like to wish the very best to Iconic Irish Paralympian Jason Smyth as he announces his retirement from Para Athletics.
Irish Paralympian Jason Smyth has today announced his retirement from Para Athletics. The Derry native has decided to hang up his spikes after a golden career that spanned three decades and included four Paralympic Games including Beijing (2008), London (2012), Rio de Janeiro (2016) and Tokyo (2021). The 35 year old Paralympic and World Champion retires having never lost a competitive Para Athletics event throughout his entire career.
Jason Smyth is the acclaimed “Fastest Paralympian on the Planet”, with a glittering career which saw him win gold medals in every event in which he competed including six gold medals at the Paralympic Games in the 100m and 200m events. He also claimed 8 Gold medals at World Championships 6 gold medals at European Championships and a gold at the World Indoor Championships over 60 metres.
Jason will continue to be a hugely positive influence on Irish Paralympic Sport away from the track as he will be joining the staff at Paralympics Ireland where he will take up the roll of Strategy Manager with the organisation, a position he will take up with immediate effect.
"Everyone at Sport Ireland would like to congratulate Jason on a remarkable and historic career. Through his tremendous achievements, he has become one of the greatest athletes in the world and will be remembered as one of the greatest Irish athletes ever. I am delighted that Jason will continue to play a role in sports in Ireland as he brings his experiences and expertise to a new role with Paralympics Ireland." Una May CEO Sport Ireland
Director of High Performance Paul McDermott noted: "Jason is among the finest athletes Ireland has ever produced. Over 18 years, he has won 21 gold medals and retires undefeated. It has been a pleasure to follow his record-breaking career and we wish Jason every success in his future career with Paralympics Ireland."
Jason Smyth’s Career Highlights
Beijing 2008 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
London 2012 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
Rio 2016 T13 100m Gold Medal
Tokyo 2020 T13 100m Gold Medal
Assen 2006 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
Lyon 2013 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
Doha 2015 T13 100m Gold Medal
London 2017 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
Dubai 2019 T13 100m Gold Medal
Espoo 2005 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
Swansea 2014 T12 100m Gold Medal T12 200m Gold Medal
Berlin 2018 T13 100m Gold Medal T13 200m Gold Medal
World Indoor Championships
Bollnas 2006 T13 60m Gold Medal