Abdellatif Baka7 May 1994 El Eulma, Algeria
- LATEST TRIUMPHS:
- London 2017 World Para Athletics Championships – gold: 1,500m T13; silver: 800m T13
- Rio 2016 - gold: 1,500m T13
- Doha 2015 World Championships - silver: 800m and 1,500m T13
- Lyon 2013 World Championships - gold: 800m and 1,500m T13
In a thrilling race, the Algerian clung on for gold in 3:48.29, a time 0.55 seconds faster than the previous world record, and 1.71 seconds faster than the time US athlete Matt Centrowitz ran on the same track to win Olympic gold just a few weeks earlier.
Two years later in Doha, Qatar, he could not retain his titles, settling for silver in both events.
But in 2017 Baka finished on top once again, winning the men’s 1,500m T13 (3:52.82) at the World Championships in London, Great Britain, followed by his twin brother Fouad who claimed silver.
The pair reversed that order in the men’s 800m T13 and they are undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with in the visually impaired middle-distance events.
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