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Abdellatif Baka

Abdellatif Baka


Baka made global news at the Rio 2016 Paralympics when he won the men’s 1,500m T13 in a time faster than the Rio 2016 Olympic champion.

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.

Prior to Rio 2016, Baka’s best performances had been at the 2013 World Championships where he won 800m T13 (1:54.36) and 1,500m T13 (3:53.05) gold.

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.


Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
T13, F13

Further personal information

El Eulma, ALG
Arabic, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up athletics at age 11.
Why this sport?
"My brother practised athletics and I often accompanied him to attend his training sessions. This is where my passion for the discipline began."
Club / Team
Club d'Al Ansar: Sétif, ALG
Name of coach
Mohamed Brahmi [personal]

General interest

Playing football, spending time at the beach. (, 30 Apr 2017)
Hero / Idol
His brother Fouad. (, 30 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives
His brother Fouad Baka competed in athletics at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He finished fourth in both the T13 400m and T13 1500m. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Mar 2017;, 13 Sep 2016)


Unit Date Rank
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Heat 1 2012-09-02 6
Men's 800 m T13 Heat 2 2012-09-07 2
Men's 800 m T13 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T13 Final 1 2013-07-22 1
Men's 1500 m T13 Final 1 2013-07-25 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-23 2
Men's 1500 m T13 Final 1 2015-10-26 2
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-11 1
Men's 400 m T13 Heat 1 2016-09-13 2
Men's 400 m T13 Final Round 2016-09-15 9999
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-19 1
Men's 800 m T13 Heat 1 2017-07-20 4
Men's 800 m T13 Final 1 2017-07-22 2