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Rio Paralympics: First four 1,500m finishers run faster than man who won gold at OIympics

Baka (right) set a Paralympic world record with his win. Photograph: (AFP)

WION Rio de Janeiro - State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sep 14, 2016, 01.17 PM (IST)
The man who won the 1500 metres at the Rio Paralympics ran faster than the man who won the same race at the recently-concluded Rio Olympics. 

Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka won the T13 1500m in a record-breaking time of 3 minutes and 48.29 seconds while the man who won at the Rio Olympics -- the USA’s Matthew Centrowitz -- did so in 3:50:00 minutes. 

In short, Baka was more than 1.7seconds faster than Centrowitz. 

And while that would have been surprising (and smile-inducing enough), there was still more to the story. 

The men who came second, third, and fourth also ran faster than Centrowitz. 

T13 is a classification for athletes who suffer visual impairment. There are two other classes -- T12 and T11. The lower the numbers, the more severe the impairment. 

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