Four Paralympians ran faster than Summer Olympics gold winner in 1500m race

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Four Paralympians ran faster than Summer Olympics gold winner in 1500m race

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The time recorded by the top-ranked athletes who ran the men's 1500m T12/13 final, in the Paralympics in Rio, was even faster than time of the Summer Olympics' gold medallist Matthew Centrowitz Jr. It is incredible to know that not just one but four Paralympians clocked less than 3:50 seconds.

In the 1500m T12/13 category race, which is for the visually impaired, in the Paralympics on Sunday, Fouad Baka of Algeria finished the 1500m race in just 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds at Maracanã Stadium in Rio.

Matthew Centrowitz Jr. of the U.S who won the gold medal at the summer Olympics had finished the 1500m final in 3 minutes and 50 seconds, and the aforementioned Algerian had actually finished fourth in Sunday's final. Had he participated in the final in August, he would have went on to claim the gold, which clearly indicates the capabilities of the Paralympians participating at Rio.

The men who finished in front of Baka were, Henry Kirwa of Kenya (3:49.59, bronze), Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia (3:48.59,silver), and his brother Abdellatif Baka, who went on to claim the gold medal by finishing the race in 3 minutes and 48.29 seconds.

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