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

Riech earns his first WPA Championship medal

November 15th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

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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