Brent Lakatos finds himself on the podium once again, earning his fourth medal of the Paralympic Games, winning silver in the T53 800m.
It was Pongsakorn Paeyo of Thailand who surged again for gold, ousting Lakatos over the last lap of the race to break the Paralympic T53 800m record in 1:36.07. Lakatos came across the line in 1:36.32, three seconds ahead of Pierre Fairbank of France who finished third.
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Lakatos also placed second in the men’s T53 100m, 400m and 5,000m. This is the 11th Paralympic medal of his career. On his own, he has more Paralympic medals than 35 nations at the 2020 Paralympic Games.
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This silver medal is an upgrade for Lakatos, who won the bronze medal in the T53 800m event at the previous Paralympics. Lakatos has one more event on his calendar at the Games. He will look towards the podium in the men’s T54 marathon on Sept 5.
Lakatos is a T53 Para/wheelchair racer who has movement affected to a high degree in the trunk and legs. These athletes have to generate power solely from their arms and shoulders during the race.