Four Paralympians beat the Olympic-winning time in the T13 1,500-metres final

The 2016 Olympic final was the slowest since 1932

BY Daniel Kelly 11:34 Tuesday 13 September 2016, 11:34 13 Sep 2016

United States' Matthew Centrowitz crosses the line to win gold in the men's 1,500-metre final at Rio 2016. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

 

Earlier this week in the Paralympics T13 1,500-metres final, the first four athletes accross the line beat Matthew Centrowitz's Olympic-winning time over the same distance. The T13 class is for blind and visually impaired athletes.

Algeria's Abdellatif won the Final in 3:48.29. Fourth-place Fouad Baka's personal best of 3:49.84 would also have been enough to beat the Olympic gold medal-time.

Centrowitz won the Olympic final in a time of 3:50.00 on August 20th. It was the slowest winning time in an Olympic final since Luigi Beccali's 3:51.2 in Los Angeles in 1932. Centrowitz's time was almost 16 seconds slower than the winning time in London and almost 20 seconds outside his personal best.

Such was the tactics of the race, the final came down to a sprint between Centrowitz, Taoufik Makhloufi and Nick Willis. All three men had ran similar personal bests.

It is the first time ever that the 1,500-metre gold medalist in any Paralympic class has beaten the time of their Olympic rival. The achievement of the Bakas and Tamiru Demisse, Henry Kirwa can never be taken away from them.

On paper, they ran quicker than the Olympic champion did, only weeks previously.

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