Paralympics champion Abdellatif Baka of Algeria won gold after beating disabled and able-bodied Rio Games record for 1500m. Baka crossed the line with a time of 3 minutes and 48.29 seconds, while American Olympic champion Matthew Centrowitz won gold last month with a time of 3 minutes and 50 seconds. Basically, if Baka had competed in the games in August, he would have gold over Centrowitz.
Baka suffers from visual impairment, and is part of the T13 division for such athletes (divisions T11 and T12 also exist, the lower numbers simply indicate a more severe condition). This remarkable accomplishment was made even better by the fact that three other athletes competing in the division ran faster than Centrowitz.
Ethiopian athlete Tamiru Demisse won silver with a time of 3 minutes and 48.49 seconds, Kenyan Henry Kirwa claimed bronze with 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds, and Baka's brother Fouad Baka came forth with a time of 3 minutes and 49.84 seconds.
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