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Abdellatif Baka

Abdellatif Baka

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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.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Vision impairment
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
T13, F13

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
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. So I wasn't planning to become a professional athlete, it was only a hobby that developed into a profession. I really liked watching the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, which encouraged me to become an athlete and represent my country."

General interest

Hobbies
Playing football, spending time at the beach. (paralympic.org, 30 Apr 2017; annasronline.com, 30 Oct 2016)
Hero / Idol
His brother Fouad, US boxer Muhammad Ali. (annasronline.com, 30 Oct 2016; dzinfos.com, 30 Sep 2016)
Awards and honours
In early 2018 he, alongside his brother Fouad, was the recipient of the People of Determination Award at the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Awards for Sports Creativity ceremony in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (livenewsalgerie.com, 14 Jan 2018; hamdan.ae, 10 Jan 2018)
Famous relatives
His brother Fouad competed in athletics at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 22 Mar 2017; annasronline.com, 30 Oct 2016)
Ambitions
To compete in the able-bodied 1500m at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (talenteo.fr, 22 Jun 2019; capalgerie.dz, 07 Jan 2018)
Other information
INCREASING DISTANCE
He decided to compete in the 5000m event for the first time in 2019 after the T13 800m event was removed from the sports programme of the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. "I will discover how prepared I am for long distances. I adore the challenge and I wonder how prepared I am for this difficult distance." (paralympic.org, 21 Feb 2019)

Results

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