Fouad Baka, on Monday, September 12 took 3 minutes 50 seconds to complete the 1500 mts run at the Paralympics in Rio. If he had done the same at the Olympics in Rio, he would have bagged a gold with ease. However, he had to be content with the fourth position at the Paralympics. The top four contestants of the 1550 mts race at the Rio Paralympics 2016 were faster than the gold medal winner Matthew Centrowitz Jr. at the same event. The four contestants namely; Abdellatif Baka, Tamiru Demisse, Henry Kirwa and Fouad Baka clocked faster than the reigning Olympics gold medalist at Rio.
Abdellatif Baka set the world record for the fastest finish in the 1500 mts race category by clocking at 48.29 seconds, a time which was faster than USA’s gold medalist Mathhew Centrovitz by 1.7 seconds. Ethiopian challenger Tamiru Demisse clinched the silver medal behind Baka with a clocking time of 3:48.49 seconds, while Kenya’s Henry Kirwa won the bronze by coming third in 3:49.59 seconds. Talking to the media, gold medalist Baka said that it was extremely difficult to win the gold medal. He told the reporters about working non-stop for 2 years. He stressed on how hard the road leading t the magnificent achievement was on him.
The Algerian athlete race in the T13 class of the visually impaired athletes. The two other categories which cater to the visually impaired athletes are T11 and T12, with the lower number implying more severe impairment. While the achievement is a major lesson in hard work and perseverance, it is hoped that these athletes would participate in the next Olympics in Tokyo. They certainly are capable of beating the reigning World Champion. And if their efforts are any evidence, they very well might