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Paralympics 2016: Abdellatif Baka aced 1,500m race 2 seconds faster than Olympics gold winner

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 13 September 2016, 14:26 IST

Algeria's Abdellatif Baka, on 11 September, won the men's 1,500-metre final in the T13 category (visually impaired) at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games with a world record timing of three minutes and 48.29 seconds.

According to a report in rio2016.com, had Baka contested the same race a month back in the Olympics, he would have won gold there too. United States' Matthew Centrowitz had won the 1500m race in the Olympics with a timing of three minutes and 50 seconds. It is also surprising to see that the runners who finished second, third and fourth also beat Centrowitz's time.

Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse narrowly missed out on Paralympics gold and came in second after finishing just 0.2 seconds behind Baka at 3:48.49. Kenya's Henry Kirwa won the bronze with 3:49.59, and Algeria's Fouad Baka, who is Abdellatif's brother, came in fourth with 3:49.84.

First published: 13 September 2016, 14:26 IST
 
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