Wednesday, September 14, 2016

1500-Meter Paralympians Faster Than Olympians

The Paralympics is an international competition for physically disabled athletes. That competition has been taking place at MaracanĂ£ Stadium in Rio de Janeiro and last weekend a race took place that resulted in an amazing accomplishment.

Paralympian Fouad Baka of Algeria finished a 1500-meter race in just 3 minutes and 49.59 seconds. Had Baka finished with that time at that exact stadium in August, he would have beat out Matthew Centrowitz Jr. of the U.S. for the Olympic gold medal. Centrowitz Jr. finished the final in 3 minutes and 50 seconds.

Unfortunately for Baka, he wasn’t racing in the Olympics. He was racing in the Paralympics, where not one or two runners finished ahead of him, but three! Baka ended up placing fourth in the men’s 1500m - T12/13 Final, a race for the visually impaired. In front of him was bronze medalist Henry Kirwa of Kenya (3:49.59), silver medalist Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia (3:48.59) and gold medalist Abdellatif Baka, who is the brother of the fourth-place Fouad (3:48.29).

Four visually impaired Paralympians ran FASTER times than the 1500-meter gold medalist achieved at the Rio Olympics last month! Their physical disability was solely their sight. Incredible accomplishments!

Keep reaching for life's mileposts!

Gotta Run,

Paul Staso, Founder & President
The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.

P.A.C.E. is a non-profit organization aimed at Promoting Active Children Everywhere.