Four Paralympians run 1500m faster than Rio Olympics gold medallist
Published 13/09/2016 | 10:38
The Paralympic 1,500m final witnessed a stunning outcome in Rio last night as the top four finishers achieved quicker times than the Olympic Games gold medallist.
Algeria's Abdellatif Baka claimed victory in the T13 1,500m - but incredibly the first four athletes were all faster than American Matthew Centrowitz who won gold at the Olympics last month.
Baka set a world record of 3mins 48.29secs for victory, more than 1.7 seconds faster than Centrowitz.
But the Algerian was not the only one to better that of the Olympic field in a T13 class which caters for visually impaired competitors.
Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopian took silver in a time of 3:48.49 while Henry Kirwa from Kenya finished with bronze in 3:49.59.
Fouad Baka, meanwhile, the brother of the gold medallist, finished outside the medals but clocked 3:49.84 - again ahead of the Olympic Games gold time.
"It wasn't easy to get this gold medal," Paralympic champion Baka said.
"I've been working one or two years non-stop and it's been very, very hard for me."
There are two other categories for visual impairment - the T11 and T12 - with the lower numbers indicating more severe impairment.