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Canada’s Nate Riech sets Paralympic record and wins gold in 1,500m

Riech pulled away from the field with two-and-a half laps to go, crossing the line four seconds ahead of the field

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Canada’s Nate Riech captured gold in the men’s 1,500m, running 3:58.92 to set the T38 Paralympic record, in his debut at the Games.

The Victoria, B.C., native pulled away from the field with two-and-a half laps to go, finishing ahead of Algeria’s Abdelkrim Krai by four seconds. Deon Kenzie of Australia was third in 4:03.76. It was a dominant performance by Riech, who adds the title of Paralympic champion to his resume. 

Earlier this year, Riech set the world record in the 1,500m event of 3:47.89 at a meet in Victoria.  

Fellow Canadian Liam Stanley, a T37 athlete, competed in the race with a higher degree of impairment than the rest of the athletes of the T38 classification.

Stanley finished fifth in 4:06.95, setting a Paralympic record for the T37 classification.