Canadian Brent Lakatos won his 12th career gold medal at the world Para athletics championships on Saturday, crossing the finish line in the men’s 800m T53 final in an event record of one minute 34.31 seconds in a sunny afternoon at the Charléty stadium in Paris.
It was a wire-and-wire victory for the 43-year-old from Dorval, Que., who captured silver in the men’s T54 1500 on Friday after placing second in Tuesday’s T53 400.
Pongsakorn Paeyo closed the gap on Lakatos as they entered the final 100m, but the latter held off his Thai opponent for his 18th world medal (four silver, two bronze).
It is Canada’s first victory in the event and the tenth medal (five silver and four bronze) for their best performance since 2015 (11 podiums).
Paeyo clocked 1:34.39 after winning 400 gold on Tuesday in a world record time (1:46.11).
“I always knew it would be between the two of us, we are the strongest in this category,” Lakatos said of Paeyo. “I thought I had more sprint stamina so I wanted to do a hard, fast, honest 800m to test that. I did and stopped it in the last 100 and I’m really glad it worked out.”
CLOCK | Lakatos defeats Paeyo at the finish line for the 12th world title:
Paeyo defeated Lakatos over 800 meters in the 2020 Paralympic final, clocking a Games record 1:36.07 in torrential rain in Tokyo after the Canadian failed to hold his first lap lead and reached the finish line. at 1:36.62.
American Brian Siemann picked up bronze on Saturday with a season high of 1.36.65.
Lakatos, who has accumulated 10 medals in five Paralympic Games, is competing in his seventh world championships.
In other finals, Sarah Mickey of Red Deer, Alta., finished eighth in the women’s F57 shot put and Toronto’s Jesse Zesseu was tenth in the men’s T37 long jump.
Quebec City’s Anthony Bouchard placed fifth in his T52 400 heat to advance to the final, while Brampton, Ontario’s Nandini Sharma stopped the clock in 59 seconds to post a season-best finish in the women’s T54 400.
CLOCK | Highlights of Day 7:
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