These 4 Paralympic runners would have beaten every Olympic runner in the 1500m final.
Algerian runner Fouad Baka might have been disappointed when he only placed fourth in the Paralympic Games’ T13 1500m final — a race for athletes with visual impairments — on Sunday with an impressive time of 3:49.59.
But had he finished the same race at the Olympic Games in the same amount of time, Baka would have walked away a gold medalist — he would have beaten United States Olympic runner Matthew Centrowitz Jr.’s time by a millisecond.
A moving opening ceremony marked the start of the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Wednesday night.
The ceremony, which took place in Rio’s Maracanã Stadium, celebrated the thousands of world-class athletes competing in the 2016 Paralympic Games. Despite various road bumps leading up to the competition, it was an impressive spectacle to behold.
Gold medalist Silvania Costa de Oliveira of Brazil poses on the podium at the medal ceremony for Women’s Long Jump - T11 during day 9 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on September 16, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Daniel Dias of Brazil celebrates on the podium after winning the gold medal in the Men’s 50m Freestyle S5 final - his
20th paralympic medal - on day 5 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Aquatics Stadium on September 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Gold medalists Players of Brazil celebrate on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Football 5-a-side - Men’s Gold Medal Match - Brazil and Iran at Olympic Tenis Centre during day 10 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on September 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
Brazil’s Football 5-a-side has not lost a single match in the last 7 years and won all the championships they competed in the last 10 years.