These four paralympians are making waves at the Paralympics. The reason being all of them are visually impaired.
The Paralympic games are being held at the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. These paralympians or sprinters are as good as anyone at the Rio Olympics final.
Visually Impaired Paralympians
Even the fourth-place finisher would have won gold in August. All the four paralympians ran the Men’s 1500 m race. These athletes include Abdellatif Baka, Fouad Baka, Tamiru Demisse and Henry Kirwa, Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Abdellatif and Fouad Baka are brothers from Algeria, while Tamiru Demisse is from Ethiopia and Henry Kirwa is from Kenya. Fouad Baka came fourth in the 1500m.
Unfortunately all these athletes of Olympic calibre were all running at the Paralympic Games in Rio and all are visually impaired. Though Baka clocked a time of 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds, he came in the fourth place.
The gold medal went to Baka’s brother. Abdellatif Baka clocked the finish line in 3 minutes, 48.29 seconds. Demisse clocked the line in 3 minutes, 48.49 seconds and won the silver medal.
The bronze medal went to Henry Kirwa, who clocked a time of 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds. The men’s 1500m – T12/13 Final is a race for the visually impaired.
Abdellatif Baka two year practices get him gold
“It wasn’t easy to get this gold medal. I’ve been working one or two years nonstop and it’s been very, very hard for me,” said Abdellatif Baka after winning the race on Sunday.
However, he could not break the Olympic record set by Noah Ngeny of Kenya during the Sydney Games in 2000. Baka was just 16 seconds slower from the word record.
Had Fouad Baka been at the Rio Olympics 2016, at the same stadium — Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro in August, he would have won the gold medal. Baka would have had the opportunity to beat Matthew Centrowitz Jr. of the U.S. for the Olympic gold medal, Huffington Post reports. Centrowitz Jr. finished the final in 3 minutes and 50 seconds.