Brent Lakatos

Brent Lakatos

 

Legendary Canadian wheelchair racers André Viger and Chantal Petitclerc were big influences on Brent Lakatos who is currently carving his own path to greatness.  It was Viger who introduced Lakatos to wheelchair racing and provided him with his first chair for the sport, a piece of equipment previously owned by Petitclerc.

From the moment he put on the gloves and pushed off, Lakatos has just kept going faster and faster and he enters the 2015 season as a gold medal contender at both the Parapan American Games and IPC World Championships.

Lakatos clinched three Paralympic silver medals at London 2012, and four gold and one silver at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in Lyon, France. In May 2014 he broke his own world record in the 100m T53 at the IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland, clocking 14.17.

He was recruited to play wheelchair basketball for the University of Texas [where he won the 2002 national title] and then successfully qualified for the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens despite switching to wheelchair racing just eight months earlier.  At Texas he studied engineering and is now a programmer analyst.

Lakatos suffered a spinal cord injury at age six in a skating accident playing hockey but was quickly immersed in sport after the accident.  His family was very active and Lakatos participated as a child in swimming, skiing and his favorite sport, wheelchair basketball, which he started at age 12.  It was at Viger’s wheelchair shop where he bought his equipment.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2 Time World Record Holder 100m T53

4xGold Medal Winner World Championships 2013

4xGold Medal Canadian Championships 2014

3xSilver Medal Winner 2012 Paralympics

PERSONAL

Lakatos married Stefanie Reid a member of the British Paralympic athletics team in 2008… At age six he was involved in a skating accident playing hockey. The impact of hitting the ice caused a blood clot to form in his spine, which resulted in paralysis.

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

2013 IPC Worlds 1st T53 200-m

2012 Paralympics 2nd T53 200-m

2013 IPC Worlds 1st T53 100-m

2012 Paralympics 2nd T53 400-m

2013 IPC Worlds 1st T53-54 4X400m relay

2012 Paralympics 2nd T53 800-m

2013 IPC Worlds 1st T53 400-m
2011 IPC Worlds 2nd T53 200-m
2011 IPC Worlds 3rd T53 100-m

2008 Paralympics 5th T53 400-m
2008 Paralympics 5th T53 200-m
2004 Paralympics 4th T53-54 4X100 relay

Medals

GamesSportEventMedal
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics100m - Mengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics800m - Mengold
2015 Toronto Parapan AmsAthletics400m - Mengold
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics800m - Mensilver
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics200m - Mensilver
2012 London ParalympicsAthletics400m - Mensilver

Summary

Games Sport Event Result
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 100m - Men 1
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 400m - Men 1
2015 Toronto Parapan Ams Athletics 800m - Men 1
Games Sport Event Result
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 100m - Men 5
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 200m - Men 2
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 400m - Men 2
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 800m - Men 2
2012 London Paralympics Athletics 4 x 400m Relay - Men 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 400m - Men 5
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 100m - Men 6
2008 Beijing Paralympics Athletics 200m - Men 5
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 100m - Men 21
2004 Athens Paralympics Athletics 200m - Men 20