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Paralympic 1500m medalists faster than Olympic 1500m medalists

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When Algeria’s Abdellataif Baka crossed the finish line in the men’s T13 1500m at the Paralympics on Sunday, he not only broke the T13 world record, but he also ran a time that would have won the same distance at the Rio Olympics three weeks earlier.

It’s certainly not unprecedented for Paralympians in some classes to outperform Olympians — just look at long jumper Markus Rehm — and the Olympic men’s 1500m final was tactically very slow with the slowest winning time since the 1932 London Games.

The T13 class is one of three Paralympic classes for athletes with visual impairments — T11, T12, T13. The higher the number, the less severe the impairment.

Not only did Baka beat Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz‘s time, but so did the second- through fourth-place finishers in Baka’s race.

The results from the Paralympic T13 1500m final:

GOLD: Baka — 3:48.29
SILVER: Tamiru Demisse, Ethiopia — 3:48.49
BRONZE: Henry Kirwa, Kenya — 3:49.59
Fourth: Fouad Baka, Algeria — 3:49.84

Olympic 1500m final:

GOLD: Centrowitz — 3:50.00
SILVER: Taoufik Makfhloufi, Algeria — 3:50.11
BRONZE: Nick Willis, New Zealand — 3:50.24

Keep in mind that the fastest 1500m race this year, in Monaco on July 15, had the top seven finishers at 3:32.13 and faster.

Centrowitz won the U.S. Olympic Trials in 3:34.09 on July 10.

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Green Bay Packers pull another Olympic sport TD celebration

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We’re halfway to a decathlon of Olympic sport touchdown celebrations over the last two seasons.

After the hurdles, the long jump, the bobsled and the relay came the race walk on Sunday.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams, once part of a three-man bobsled team, led three other teammates in a race walk after scoring in Sunday’s loss to the Carolina Panthers. (Adams later left the game with a concussion.)

Adams won the race walk, which was much, much shorter than the standard Olympic distances of 20km and 50km, over teammates Jordy NelsonRandall Cobb and Geronimo Allison.

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Canada in control of hockey rivalry going into Olympics

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Four years ago, the U.S. women’s hockey team rode a four-game winning streak over rival Canada into the Olympics, then lost both games in Sochi, including a gut-wrenching overtime final.

This time, Canada goes into the Winter Games having won four straight.

The Canadians beat the Americans 2-1 in overtime in Edmonton on Sunday night, taking their pre-Olympic series 5-3 overall.

“I don’t think it was our best performance,” Canada coach Laura Schuler said. “There’s still more work to do.”

The Canadians were led by their stalwarts — captain Marie-Philip Poulin scored in regulation, Sochi gold medalist Jennifer Wakefield scored 26 seconds into overtime and longtime goalie Shannon Szabados stopped 34 of 35 shots.

Hilary Knight netted the U.S. goal, with Maddie Rooney making 24 saves.

“The goal for us is to be hitting on all cylinders in February,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said.

The U.S. appeared to be in that kind of form until about two weeks ago.

Before this losing streak, the U.S. had a 12-4 record against Canada since the start of 2015, including taking the last three world championship finals.

At one point, the U.S. won six straight games over a 12-month stretch, its longest streak over Canada since it famously won eight straight going into the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics then lost the gold-medal game.

Canada also beat the U.S. in their last four meetings before the 2006 Olympics and five straight going into the 2010 Olympics.

The U.S. Olympic team will be announced Jan. 1. The national-team roster is at 25 players (22 skaters, three goalies), but the Olympic roster is 23 (20 skaters, three goalies).

“Can’t live in the past, can’t live in the future, so tonight we were worried about this game,” U.S. captain Meghan Duggan said, according to the Canadian Press. “We weren’t looking ahead to February.”

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