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These 1500-Meter Paralympian Runners Were So Fast That Their Fourth-Place Time Would Have Won Gold At The Rio Olympics

Even the fourth-place time would have been good enough for Olympic gold.

Posted on September 12, 2016, at 5:43 p.m. ET

There's fast and then there's blazing, which is what the men's 1500-meter final at the Paralympic Games was on Sunday.

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The race at Rio's Olympic Stadium was part of the T13 class, which is a classification for athletes with a visual impairment. The breakneck pace the racers set was so fast that the fourth place time of 3:49:59 would have been enough to win gold at the Rio Olympics, where the winning time was 3:50.

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You read that right: The fourth-place finisher at the Paralympics would have had a time fast enough to win gold at the Olympics.

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The winner, Abdellatif Baka of Algeria, set a world record of 3 minutes, 48.29 seconds, followed by Tamiru Demisse of Ethiopia, who crossed the line at 3:48.49, and Henry Kirwa of Kenya, with a third-place time of 3:49.59.

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After the race, Baka discussed how much work he had put into getting to Rio. β€œIt wasn't easy to get this gold medal," he said. "I’ve been working one or two years nonstop and it’s been very, very hard for me.”

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Watch the race here:

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