In 2020, wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos re-enforced his position as a gold medal contender at the Tokyo Paralympic Games with a victory in the men’s wheelchair race at the London Marathon, held without spectators.
He called the victory one of the highlights of his career. The last Canadian to win the London Marathon men’s wheelchair race was Josh Cassidy of Guelph, Ont. in 2010. Lakatos has added the marathon to his strong repertoire of distances.
In 2021, Lakatos has continued his winning ways, in multiple short and long distance races. At an event in Nottwil, Switzerland in May 2021, he won four races (100m, 400m, 800m, and 1500m). He was also fifth in the 1500m.
He concluded a tough 2019 season in brilliant fashion with two gold medals and one silver at the IPC World Championships. Lakatos posted victories in the 100m and 800m and added a silver in the 400m.
Lakatos said he battled some health issues in 2019 that derailed his training. However his results at the Dubai worlds served notice he is ready to challenge for gold at 2020 Paralympic Games.
In 2018, Lakatos has focused his training on the road for upcoming marathons and other long distance races. However his season started on the track at the Swiss Grand Prix where he earned gold in the 800m, silver in the 400m and bronze in the 5000m. A week later he collected three more medals at the Swiss Open including a Canadian record time for the T53 5000m.
At the 2017 World Championships, Lakatos notched four gold medals (100, 200, 400 and 800m). He entered the worlds on the strength of four world record performances at spring meets.
He also collected four medals at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio with gold in the 100m, silver in the 400m and bronze in the 800m and 4X400m relay.
In 2015, he won three gold medals at the Parapan American Games in Toronto and four medals, including three more gold, at the IPC World Championships.
Lakatos clinched three Paralympic silver medals at London 2012, and four gold and one silver at the 2013 IPC 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.
Legendary Canadian wheelchair racers André Viger and Chantal Petitclerc were big influences on Lakatos who is 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.
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.
2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 Paralympic Games with seven career medals ( one gold, four silver and two bronze) … 2015 Parapan American Games (three gold)… 2006, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019 IPC World Championships (13 gold, four silver and two bronze)…
As of November 2019 holds four world records (T53 100-m, 200-m 800-m, 1500-m)
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
- 2019 IPC World Championships 100m 1st
- 2019 IPC World Championships 800m 1st
- 2019 IPC World Championships 400m 2nd
- 2018 Swiss Open 5000m 3rd
- 2018 Swiss Open 400m 3rd
- 2018 Swiss Open 1500m 3rd
- 2018 Daniela Jutzeler Memorial 800m 2nd
- 2018 Daniela Jutzeler Memorial 5000m 2nd
- 2018 Swiss Grand Prix 800m 1st
- 2018 Swiss Grand Prix 400m 2nd
- 2018 Swiss Grand Prix 5000m 3rd
- 2017 IPC World Championships 100m 1st
- 2017 IPC World Championships 200m 1st
- 2017 IPC World Championships 400m 1st
- 2017 IPC World Championships 800m 1st
- 2016 Paralympic Games 100m 1st
- 2016 Paralympic Games 400m 2nd
- 2016 Paralympic Games 800m 3rd
- 2016 Paralympic Games 4X400m 3rd
- 2015 IPC World Championships 800m 1st
- 2015 IPC World Championships 200m 1st
- 2015 IPC World Championships 100m 1st
- 2015 IPC World Championships 400m 2nd
- 2015 Parapan American Games 100m 1st
- 2015 Parapan American Games 400m 1st
- 2015 Parapan American Games 800m 1st
- 2013 IPC World Championships 200m 1st
- 2013 IPC World Championships 100m 1st
- 2013 IPC World Championships 4X400m relay 1st
- 2012 Paralympic Games 200m 2nd
- 2012 Paralympic Games 400m 2nd
- 2012 Paralympic Games 800m 2nd
- 2011 IPC World Championships 200m 2nd
- 2011 IPC World Championships 100m 3rd
- 2008 Paralympic Games 400m 5th
- 2008 Paralympic Games 200m 5th
- 2008 Paralympic Games 4X100m relay 4th
- 2006 IPC World Championships 100m 3rd
- 2006 IPC World Championships 200m 4th
- 2006 IPC World Championships 400m 5th
- 2006 IPC World Championships 800m 8th
- 2004 Paralympic Games 4X100m relay 4th
4 silver medals
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 gold medals
1 silver medals
2 bronze medals
|2015||Parapan am Games||
3 gold medals
3 silver medals