The pair look to be two of Canada’s best medal hopes for the upcoming Summer Games
Canadian para athletes Brent Lakatos and Nate Riech may compete in very different races (Lakatos is a T53 wheelchair athlete while Riech runs in the T38 para classification), but they have at least one thing in common: both men dominate their respective competitions. The pair put this domination on display this past weekend, Lakatos at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Switzerland and Riech at a meet in California, and both powered to big wins, further proving that they will be two of Canada’s best medal hopes at the upcoming Tokyo Paralympics.
Quadruple gold for Lakatos
Lakatos is one of Canada’s most decorated athletes. He has won seven Paralympic medals (including one gold from the T53 100m in 2016) and 17 World Para Athletics medals (12 of which are gold). These medals have come in races as short as 100m and as long as 800m, but Lakatos didn’t stop there, as he has found success off the track as well, with multiple marathon wins to his name (including the 2020 London Marathon).
Had some great fun racing again in Nottwil, now off to Arbon for the next two competitions. Thanks you Rens for the photo! pic.twitter.com/yyCzCb5XdJ
— Brent Lakatos (@BrentLak) May 17, 2021
Racing in Nottwil, Switzerland, on the weekend, Lakatos continued to prove that he can compete with the best in the world, no matter the distance, and he ended up winning four of the five races he entered. He won the men’s T53 800m on May 14, crossing the line in 1:32.27, close to eight full seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. The next day, Lakatos raced the 100m and 1,500m. He won the first, posting a time of 14.66 seconds, and finished in fifth in the 1,500m, stopping the clock in 3:07.79, three seconds behind the winner.