Top four in Paralympic 1500-metre final faster than winner of 1500-metre Olympic final

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - 11:00

The top four finishers of the Paralympics men’s T-13 class 1,500 metres final was faster than the winner of the 1,500 metre event at the Rio Olympics.

Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won gold in the men’s T13-class on Sunday with a blistering pace that was faster than American Matthew Centrowitz, the gold medallist in the same distance at the Olympics.

In fact, Baka’s brother, Fouad, who finished fourth in the race was also faster than Centrowitz. Fouad clocked a timing of 3:49.84 while his brother won with a timing of 3:48.29.

The silver and bronze medals were won by Tamiru Demisse (3:48.49) of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Henry Kirwa (3:49.59). Centrowitz won the Olympic final last month with a timing of 3:50.00.

The category in which the para-athletes competed, T-13, is for the visually impaired athletes, where using blades or any devices is not allowed.