Brent Lakatos wins gold in 2020 London Marathon men’s wheelchair race

Brent Lakatos (Clement Bucco-Lechat. Wikimedia Commons)

Canadian Paralympic gold medalist Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Quebec won the gold medal on Sunday in the men’s wheelchair race at the 2020 London Marathon according to NBC Sports.┬áLakatos posted a winning time of one hour, 36 minutes and four seconds in England.

Lakatos earned a medal by four seconds over fourth place finisher Sho Watanabe of Japan, who had a fourth place time of one hour, 36 minutes and eight seconds. David Weir of Great Britain won the silver medal with a time of one hour, 36 minutes and six seconds. Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the bronze medal with a time of one hour, 36 minutes and eight seconds.

The fact that Lakatos beat Weir was significant. That is because Weir has won the London Marathon eight times.

Lakatos won the gold medal in the men’s 100 meter wheelchair race at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Now, despite being the age of 40, Lakatos is a medal threat at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2021 in long distance events for the men, as well as the short distance sprint events.

Other London Marathon champions from the weekend were Shura Kitata of Ethiopia on the men’s side, Brigid Kosgei of Kenya on the women’s side, and Nikita Den Boer in women’s wheelchair racing. It is interesting that the marathon races in England proceeded when the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada was cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus.

 

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