WTF?! Rio Paralympic 1500m Runners Finish Faster Than Olympic Gold Medalist

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The Paralympic 1,500m final witnessed a stunning outcome in Rio as the top four finishers achieved quicker times than the Olympic Games gold medallist.

The ground-breaking race saw Algeria's Abdellatif Baka smash the Paralympic world record with a time of 3:48.29 on Monday.

This is more than 1.7 seconds faster than U.S. runner Matthew Centrowitz who claimed gold in the men's Olympic 1,500m final last month in Rio.

But Abdellatif Baka wasn't the only Paralympians to better that of the Olympic field in a T13 class which caters for visually impaired competitors.

Ethiopia's Tamiru Demisse claimed silver with three minutes and 48.49 seconds while Henry Kirwa from Kenya finished with bronze in three minutes and 49.59.

Even Fouad Baka, who came in 4th place, finished faster than the winner of the able-bodied race.

It's a huge achievement - but it should also be noted that last month's Olympic men's 1,500m final was the slowest since 1932.

The 1,500m is known as a highly tactical contest which is subject to the strategies of the competitors and the conditions of the day.

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