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The remarkable finish in 1,500m at Rio 2016

With Tokyo 2020 now just one year away, it’s time to relive some of the greatest Paralympic moments of the decade. Today, 29 August 2020, the blistering times clocked in the 1,500m T13 final at Rio 2016. 29 Aug 2020
By IPC

The schedule for Tokyo 2020 has been confirmed, venues announced and while athletes around the world are busy gearing up to qualify for the greatest show on Earth, it's time to enjoy 13 days full of the most unforgettable, inspiring and exciting moments from the past as preparations for Tokyo 2020 gather pace!

The remarkable times clocked in the 1,500m final

On 11 September 2016, Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won gold in the 1,500m T13 final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

It was an incredible achievement and set a new T13 world record, but remarkably his time was 1.71 seconds faster than Michael Centrowitz, who won gold on the same track during the Olympic Games three weeks previously.

Astonishingly, the top four finishers all clocked under 3:50.00 - Ethiopia’s Tamiru Demisse won silver with a time of 3:48.49, Kenya’s Henry Kirwa secured bronze with 3:49.59 and Algeria’s Fouad Baka finished 4th with 3:49.84.

These times stunned the world. All four times surpassed the top four finishes at the same event in the Olympics and showed the true strength of Para athletics.