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Brent Lakatos of Canada crosses the line to win in the Mens 100m T53 final at the London 2017 Para Athletics Championships.

Brent Paul Lakatos

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Lakatos has competed at no fewer than five World Championships, dating back to 2006. He has finished on the podium every single time, but London 2017 was undoubtedly his best yet.

The Canadian dominated the men’s T53 class winning the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m – one of only three Para athletes (alongside Walid Ktila and Tatyana McFadden) to win four gold medals.

Earlier in the year Lakatos had given a great indication of his form when he smashed five world records over 10 days racing in Switzerland, including the men’s 1,500m T53/54. Lakatos crossed the line in 2:51.84 – taking more than two seconds off the previous mark set by Swiss racer Marcel Hug back in 2010.

In Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Lakatos, a former wheelchair basketball player, had finished out of the medals. But London 2012 proved a turning point for the then 32-year-old when he finished second in the 200m, 400m and 800m T53.

He went on to win four golds and a silver at the Lyon 2013 World Championships, then days later he set a new 100m T53 world record (14.34) in London’s Olympic Stadium during the Anniversary Games.

In 2014 Lakatos, who is married to British Para athlete Stef Reid, maintained his scintillating form. In May that year, at Nottwil Grand Prix in Switzerland, he lowered his own 100m world record by 0.17 seconds.

Success continued in 2015, with three gold medals on home soil at the Parapan Am Games in August. Lakatos won the 100m, 400m and 800m T53 in Canada and headed to the Doha World Championships two months later where he claimed gold in three out of four events, losing out to China’s Li Huzhao over 400m.

By Rio 2016 Lakatos had another great rival in Pongsakorn Paeyo and it was the Thai who came out on top in the 400m and 800m, while Lakatos claimed 100m T53 gold. Less than a year later and back at the London Stadium for the World Championships, Lakatos turned the tables on Paeyo and achieved a clean sweep of individual titles.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T53

Further personal information

Family
Wife Stefanie Reid
Residence
Loughborough, ENG
Occupation
Athlete, Information Technology
Languages
English, French
Higher education
University of Texas: Austin, TX, USA

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
A natural athlete, he continued to play sport after his accident at age six. He was first introduced to wheelchair racing by Paralympic champion Andre Viger at age 15.
Why this sport?
"I entered my first race - a local five kilometre event against six or seven other racers. I thought I would win easily but it didn't quite turn out that way. I finished dead last, behind even all the girls. But from that first race onwards, I was hooked. I would play wheelchair basketball during the winter and race during the summer."
Club / Team
Parasports Quebec: Montreal, QC, CAN
Training Regime
He trains in Loughborough, England.

General interest

Hobbies
Cooking. (paralympic.org, 23 Sep 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning gold in the T53 400m at the 2013 World Championships in Lyon, France. (paralympic.org, 24 Feb 2016)
Most influential person in career
Canadian wheelchair racer Andre Viger. (cbc.ca, 15 Sep 2016)
Hero / Idol
Canadian wheelchair racers Andre Viger and Chantal Petitclerc. (paralympic.org, 26 Apr 2015)
Injuries
In May 2015 he was hopitalised due to an illness while he was at a grand prix in Arbon, Switzerland. Bad health continued to disrupt his training throughout 2015. (paralympic.org, 24 Feb 2016)
Other sports
He played wheelchair basketball for the University of Texas in the United States of America, and helped the team win the 2002 national title. (paralympic.ca, 11 Aug 2012)
Famous relatives
His wife Stefanie Reid represented Great Britain in athletics at the 2012 and 2016 Paralympic Games. His sister competed in swimming for the University of Illinois in Champaign, IL, United States of America. (paralympic.org, 25 Feb 2015; independent.co.uk, 09 Sep 2012)
Impairment
At age six he was involved in a skating accident. The impact of hitting the ice caused a blood clot to form in his spine, which resulted in paralysis. He began participating in Para athletics in 1996 during the northern hemisphere summers but didn't enter any events until 2003, when he became the Canadian champion in the 100m. (paralympic.ca, 11 Nov 2010)
Other information
BALANCING SPORT WITH WORK
He has a degree in software engineering and works for a US company. Now based in Loughborough, England, he balances morning training sessions with afternoons spent working and communicating with colleagues in the United States of America. "I think I'd go crazy if I wasn't working. I would do my training, then I would come back and I guess I would have to just think about my training for the rest of the day. It might put more pressure on me, it might drive me crazy or make me bored, but with work I get to come home and completely switch gears and think about something else and take my mind off racing." (paralympic.org, 13 Aug 2016)

WASHING WAGER
He and his wife Stefanie Reid competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. They agreed to a friendly bet that whoever won a gold medal would not have to wash the dishes. Each won a silver. At the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, the pair decided not to repeat the wager as Lakatos was entered more events. "I had more chances to win than her. She didn't want to take that bet this year." (cbc.ca, 09 Sep 2016; independent.co.uk, 09 Sep 2012)

Results

Unit Date Rank
Athens 2004 Paralympic Games (Athens, Greece)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T54 Heat 4 7
Men's 200 m T54 Heat 1 7
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 2 2
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Final Round 4
Men's 4x400 m T53-54 Heat 2 3
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 9999
Men's 4x100 m T53-54 Heat 3 3
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 3 3
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 1
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 3
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 4
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 6
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 4
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 5
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-22 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final 2011-01-24 3
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2011-01-25 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final 2011-01-26 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 3 2012-09-02 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-02 2
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2012-09-03 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-03 5
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-04 3
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-05 2
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 1 2012-09-07 2
Men's 200 m T53 Final Round 2012-09-07 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 2 2012-09-08 2
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 400 m T53 Semifinal 3 2013-07-21 2
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-21 1
Men's 800 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-22 7
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-22 2
Men's 200 m T53 Semifinal 2 2013-07-23 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-24 1
Men's 100 m T53 Semifinal 1 2013-07-25 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2013-07-26 1
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Semifinal 1 2013-07-27 2
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final 1 2013-07-27 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-22 1
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-22 1
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-25 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-25 1
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2015-10-27 2
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-27 2
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 3 2015-10-29 6
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2015-10-29 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 100 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 3 2016-09-09 1
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 1 2016-09-10 1
Men's 400 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-11 2
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 2 2016-09-14 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final Round 2016-09-15 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Heat 1 2016-09-16 3
Men's 4x400 m T53/54 Final Round 2016-09-17 3
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Men's 1500 m T54 Heat 1 2017-07-16 1
Men's 200 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-16 1
Men's 200 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-16 2
Men's 1500 m T54 Final 1 2017-07-16 5
Men's 400 m T53 Heat 2 2017-07-18 4
Men's 400 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-18 1
Men's 800 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-19 1
Men's 800 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-20 1
Men's 100 m T53 Heat 1 2017-07-23 1
Men's 100 m T53 Final 1 2017-07-23 1