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Brent Lakatos wins second silver at Tokyo Paralympics

The veteran wheelchair racer smashed his personal best, finishing in 46.75 seconds

Five-time Paralympian Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won his second silver medal of the Tokyo Paralympic Games in the 400m on Sunday, just one day after capturing the silver medal in the 5,000m. The 41-year-old wheelchair racer, who competes under the T54 classification, smashed his personal best and former world record of 47.34 seconds, crossing the finish in 46.75. Pongsakorn Paeyo of Thailand won the race, setting the new world record of 46.61 in the process.

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This stellar performance came on the heels of his silver-medal finish in the men’s T54 5,000m on Saturday in a time of 10:30.19, the first time he has landed on the podium in that event. Lakatos has now won nine medals over the course of his Paralympic career and is expecting to compete in every event in Tokyo, from the 100m to the marathon. He still has four more races to go during these Games, with the marathon as his final event.

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The veteran athlete experienced a freak accident while playing hockey when he was six years old, which caused a blood clot to form in his spine and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He has since become one of the most decorated wheelchair athletes in the world and has won a total of 25 medals across the Paralympics, World Championships and Parapan American Games, including 15 gold medals.