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Paralympic Runners Beat Olympic Winner's Time In 1,500-Meter Race

Brazilian Paralympian Odair Santos competes in Men's 1500 meter track race at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)
Brazilian Paralympian Odair Santos competes in Men's 1500 meter track race at the Olympic Stadium on Sept. 13, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

The top four Paralympic runners competing in the 1,500-meter final on Sunday beat the final time posted by Olympic gold medalist Matt Centrowitz Jr. at the Rio Games less than a month ago. The visually impaired runners did not use assisted technologies or guides.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Erin Strout of Runner’s World magazine about the record-breaking runners, and other standout Paralympic performances.

Here’s the full schedule of athletics events at the Paralympic Games.

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Guest

Erin Strout, editor at Runner’s World. She tweets @ErinStrout.

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