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Nathan Riech wins 1,500m gold to close out WPA Championships

Riech earns his first WPA Championship medal

Victoria’s Nathan Riech won his first Para World Championships medal on Friday in the 1,500m T38 finals. After a very impressive 2019 where the runner set multiple records and took many titles, he finished out his season becoming the world champion in a meet record of 4:02:04.

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His teammate and fellow Canadian Liam Stanley finished in fifth place with a time of 4:10.78. Canadian Austin Smeenk finished off the championship with a fourth place finish in the men’s 800-metre T34 final in 1:46.33.

Team Canada earned a total of three gold, two silver, and one bronze medal along with five Canadian record-breaking performances at the 2019 WPA Championships. The athletes will now take a much deserved break before beginning their Tokyo 2020 campaigns.

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Canadian medal winners

Brent Lakatos – two gold and one silver (gold – 100m T53, 14.59, gold – 800m T53, 1:40.59, silver – 400m T53, 48.33)

Nathan Riech – gold in T38 1500m, 4:02.04

Greg Stewart – silver in F46 discus, 16.30m (PB, CR)

Renee Foessel – bronze in F38 discus, 33.37m (PB, CR)

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