18 year old Kerry native, Jordan Lee, became the latest Irish Para Athlete to claim a European Championship Medal. Despite only being a relative newcomer to the sport, Lee looked comfortable in the surrounding of the Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Sportpark as he cleared 1.75m to secure third position in the T47 Final.
Lee was roared on by a sizable and vocal Irish support but he could not quite manage to clear 1.78m. The gold in the event went to Alezandre Dipoko Ewane who set a new championship record when clearing 1.89m. Lee is delighted with his performance but feels there is more to come ‘I am very pleased to win the bronze medal, I am only 18 and this is my first European Championships but I think I can do more and now I am more determined to do better in future events.
Jason Smyth secured his progress through to the Men’s 100m T13 Final. Smyth, who has already won gold this week, in the 200 metres, secured his place in the final thanks to a 10:87 which is under the championship record time. It is expected to be a difficult race for Jason later as Polish sprinter, Mateusz Michalski, qualified from Heat 1 in a time of 10:89, just 0.02 behind Jason.
This evening’s finals are set to begin at 5pm Irish time. David Leavy will compete in the 1500m final at 5:16pm, Jason Smyth will return for his final at 5:42pm and Patrick Monahan will go in the 800m final at 7:17pm.