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White Tiger snares bronze in Rio sprint

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 Lucy Hughes Jones

He may be known as The White Tiger, but Australian sprinter Chad Perris wasn't quick enough to catch the world's fastest Paralympian in Rio.

The visually impaired rookie came third in the T13 men's 100m final behind Irish sprinting superstar Jason Smyth, who won his third consecutive gold.

Perris was ecstatic nonetheless.

"The last three years of training has paid off with a massive PB (personal best) and a bronze medal," he said.

The 24-year-old has albinism and earned his moniker playing football where he grew up in Perth.

Perris said it would be an honour to share the dais with the legally blind Smyth, and admitted he felt nervous behind the blocks.

"He's a legend," Perris said.

"I can't see very well so it was good for me that I didn't see him out there racing."

Dubbed the Usain Bolt of the Paralympics, Smyth secured the hat-trick of sprint titles on Friday (Saturday AEST), having won gold in Beijing 2008 and London 2012.

"It never gets tiring coming to Paralympic Games and crossing the line first, Smyth said.

"It is like a fairytale that just doesn't seem to end, each time I come out."

Smyth was disappointed the 200m T13 event, which he also won at the past two Games, will not be held in Rio.

"Not only for me, but the T13 category is one of the quicker events and I think that for spectators, you want to see fast times," he said.

Smyth has spent more than a decade in the sport and is already thinking about Tokyo 2020.

"I've had a few injuries during the last couple of years so I have kind of seen this year as the first one in a five-year cycle," he said.

Australia's bronze medal run continued on Friday when 21-year old rookie Claire Keefer placed third in the women's F41 shot put.

Para-cyclist Jessica Gallagher also snared bronze in the women's B3 1km time trial, becoming Australia's first athlete to win a medal at both a summer and winter Games.

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