October 19, 2021

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Brent Lacatos, Canadian flag bearer at the closing ceremony

The Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) has selected a 41-year-old wheelchair runner. 800 m T53 It ended with a silver medal again.

It is a great honor. There are big names in athletics, including Chantal Petitclerk, so it is an honor to be among these great athletes. , He suggested in a short video.

Sprint specialist, Lakatos embarked on his Japanese adventure A surprising 2nd place last Saturday in the 5000m T54. Before the Games, keep in mind that a person with an excellent record does not record the shortest podium at a distance of more than 800 meters at the Paralympics or the Worlds.

Brent Lacatos won silver in the 5000 meters

Photo: Radio-Canada

The Dorval para athlete continued his momentum with more silver medals At 400 m T53, Sunday, as wellAt 100 m T53, Wednesday. Lacotos also stopped at lunch time 1500 m T53 / 54, Monday.

The lactose-rich crop in the Japanese capital allowed him to consolidate his position in Canadian Legends.

He now holds 11 Paralympic medals and is one of the representatives of the maple leaf that has crossed the decade. Eight athletes reached this important mark in front of him. Swimmer Aurelie Reward also joined the selection group in Tokyo.

Brent Lacatos leads.

4th Silver Medal for Brent Lacatos

Photo: Getty Images / Tasos Catopodis

In fact, Lakatos will inherit the award after a parade with the Canadian flag at the Maracana Stadium in Rio as part of the 2016 Summer Games closing ceremony.

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This is the fifth Paralympic Games for Lacatos after participating in the Games in Athens, Beijing, London and Rio. After juggling the idea of ​​retirement in 2008, he won three podiums in England and then four podiums in Brazil.

The wheelchair runner will have another opportunity to showcase his versatility in para-athletics. For the first time in his career, on Saturday evening, he will be at the start of the Paralympic Marathon at his sixth event in Tokyo.

More than 10 months before October 2020, just before the Summer Games, Lacatos took the prestigious London Marathon honors before the headlines of discipline.