Canada’s Brent Lakatos set a new world record in the 400m T53 at the Nottwil Grand Prix in Switzerland on Sunday, winning the race in 47.34s and bringing to five the number of world records he holds at various distances from the 100m to 1,500m. Lakatos, who is 38, is an 11-time world champion.
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“When I crossed the finish line I couldn’t believe it,” Lakatos said after the race. “Just going round the final corner knowing that I’d done that time–I’m really happy.”
Pongsakorn Paeyo of Thailand finished second in 48.36s and Shaoqiao Yang of China was third in 50.09.
Sunday sees sensational times in Switzerland! ⚡
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The previous record of 47.36s, set by Sukman Hong of South Korea, had stood for almost 10 years.
Lakatos’s achievement is all the more remarkable considering it came after his hard-fought third-place finish in the T54 5,000m, a very fast race in which American Daniel Romanchuk set a new world record in the distance in 9:44.33. Switzerland’s Marcel Hug was just four one hundredths of a second behind for second place with a new European record in 9:44.37, and Lakatos was next for third place, in 9:44.80.
He broke the 🌎 and 🇨🇦 record in the T53 400m last weekend.
Come see @BrentLak compete at the 2019 Canadian Track and Field Championships from July 25-28 in Montreal!
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Lakatos is now looking ahead to the Canadian Track and Field Championships in his home town of Montreal, July 25-28, and later this year to the Para Athletics World Championships in Dubai in November.
Full results are available here.