Four Paralympic runners beat Olympic athletes’ racing times with time to spare at the 2016 Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero.
On Tuesday, Algeria’s Abdellatif Baka ran the men’s 1,500m T13 final in 3 minutes and 48.29 seconds. Baka is visually impaired and was competing against other visually impaired runners.
“It wasn’t easy to get this gold medal,” Baka said in a statement. “I’ve been working one or two years nonstop, and it’s been very, very hard for me.”
American Matthew Centrowitz won Olympic gold in the same race on the same track in August, completing it in 3 minutes 50 seconds in August, according to ESPN.
The next three Paralympic runners to finish the 1,500m T13 final also beat Centrowitz’s race time.
The silver medal went to Tamiru Demisse of Eithiopia with a time of 3:48.59. Henry Kirwa of Kenya took bronze with a time of 3:49:59.
Fouad Baka of Algeria finished in fourth with a time of 3:49:84.