The long-awaited wait for Canada’s first gold at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships in Paris is over. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., dominated the men’s T53 800m to capture gold and win his third medal of the Games.
Lakatos led from gun to tape in the men’s T53 800-metre final on Saturday evening, setting a championship record of 1:34.31 to edge out his rival Pongsakorn Paeyo of Thailand at the line. This medal was Lakato’s third of the 2023 Para Games and the 12th world championship gold medal of his career, spanning seven world championships.
Definitely memorable 2023 World Para Athletics Championships for Brent Lakatos 🥇🥈🥈🇨🇦
Championnats du world of para-athletics 2023 definitely memorable for Brent Lakatos 🥇🥈🥈🇨🇦
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— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) July 16, 2023
This medal was significant for Lakatos as it was the 30th global medal of his career. He has won 19 medals at the World Para Athletics Championships and 11 medals at the Paralympics. This is also his third gold medal in the T53 800m event.
Athletes in the T53 classification have full use of their arms but have no or limited trunk function. His two other medals at these championships came in the T53 400m and T54 1,500m, where he took silvers behind Paeyo.
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Team Canada’s medal total is now up to 14, with two golds, seven silvers and five bronze, entering the final day of competition.
Brent Lakatos wins Team Canada’s first Gold Medal at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships 🇨🇦
Brent Lakatos report the première médaille d’or d’Équipe Canada aux Championnats du world de para-athlétisme 2023 🇨🇦
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— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) July 15, 2023
Twenty-five Para athletes are in Paris to represent Team Canada from July 8 to 17 at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships. CBC Sports is streaming the event on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app for mobile devices. The schedule is available here.