If Rio Olympics gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz Jr. had been part of the 1500-meter Paralympics event on September 11, he would have surely lost his gold medal as not one but four Paralympians finished the race faster than his Rio Olympics time.
Matthew Centrowitz Jr. winning Rio 2016 Olympic Gold Getty
Algeria’s Fouad Baka, who missed out on Paralympic medal by a whisker, finished the 1500-meter race in 3 minutes, 49.59 seconds.
The time though not enough to get him a Paralympics medal, was good enough to get him Rio Olympics Gold medal as he was faster than Centrowithz Jr.’s time of 3 minutes and 50 seconds.
Para-Runners during Rio Paralympics 1500m event. Getty
The competition was kept at that exact stadium where less than a month back, Centrowitz Jr. had won his gold medal.
What’s more, Paralympics medalists who finished ahead of Baka were faster than him by more than a second.
Baka’s older brother Abdellatif Baka, who won gold in the event, finished the race in 3:48.29, Silver medalist Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia in 3:48.59 and bronze medalist Henry Kirwa of Kenya finished it 3:49.59.
One must note that the 1500m – T12/13 event is a race for the visually impaired and are not run with blades.
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