The 2016 Rio Olympics saw many athletes pull off their best performances and take home medals, making their countries proud.
As is the tradition, the Olympic Games are followed by the Paralympic Games, where athletes with various physical disabilities are taking part, and leaving the crowds stunned. Interestingly, these disabled athletes are clocking better timings than those at the Olympic Games. This means, had these Paralympic athletes been competing in the 2016 Rio Olympics, they would have taken home gold medals.
Matthew Centrowitz Jr. won gold in the Olympic Games in the 1,500-meter final as he crossed the finish line at 3 minutes, 50 seconds. His pace was apparently the slowest gold medal winning time recorded since 1932. On Monday, four visually impaired runners outdid that time in the same event at the Paralympics.
Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won the men's 1,500m T-13, as Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia won silver, Henry Kirwa of Kenya secured the bronze and Fouad Baka of Algeria came in at fourth place. The timings were 3:48.29, 3:48.59, 3:49.59, 3:49.84, respectively, which just goes to show how tough the competition really was.
"It wasn't easy to get this gold medal. I've been working one or two years non-stop and it's been very, very hard for me,” said Baka after winning gold in the race.
He has now won the world record for being the fastest runner in the category and brought home a gold medal for the same.
The T-13 is a category for runners who are legally blind but have the least visual impairment compared to other Paralympians.