Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos wins London Marathon

A racing wheelchair that Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., designed earlier this year paid instant dividends on Sunday as he won the men's event at the London Marathon in one hour 36 minutes four seconds.

7-time Paralympic medallist clocks 1:36:04

Canada's Brent Lakatos smiles as he crosses the line to win the men's elite wheelchair race at the 2020 London Marathon in central London on Sunday. (Richard Heathcote/AFP via Getty Images)

Canada's Brent Lakatos has dominated wheelchair racing's sprint distances for the better part of a decade.

On Sunday, the 40-year-old from Dorval, Que., pulled away from the field in a sprint finish down The Mall at St. James Park to win the London Marathon.

Lakatos, drenched from racing in drizzling rain, finished in one hour 36 minutes four seconds.

The 2018 Berlin Marathon champion has won seven Paralympic medals and 11 world track titles in every distance between the 100 and 800 metres.

WATCH | Lakatos speaks to CBC Sports' Jacqueline Doorey about London Marathon win:

Brent Lakatos tests self-made, Tokyo wheelchair in London Marathon win

1 year ago
Duration 3:35
The wheelchair racer talks about ending a 10-year Canadian drought and the pivot to Tokyo. 3:35

Lakatos, who lives and trains in Loughborough, England, with his wife and Paralympian Stephanie Reid, is an engineering grad from the University of Texas, and competed Sunday in an aerodynamically-improved racing chair he'd made with the help of a 3D designer.

The Canadian denied Great Britain's David Weir a ninth London Marathon win. Weir finished two seconds behind Lakatos.

In 2019, Lakatos won two gold medals and a silver at the World Para Athletics Championships for a total of 18 podium finishes, including 13 gold, in his career.

Lakatos is hoping to make a fifth Summer Games appearance at the Tokyo Paralympics next summer.

WATCH | Brent Lakatos wins his 2nd marathon major in 3 years:

Canada's Brent Lakatos wins the wheelchair race at the London Marathon

1 year ago
Duration 0:28
The Paralympic and World Para Athletic champion from Dorval, Que., added to his resume with a win in the wheelchair race at the 2020 London Marathon. 0:28

"I absolutely love racing," Lakatos told Athletics Canada before Sunday's race. "I have been looking forward to the London Marathon all summer."

Lakatos also said his training had increased leading into Sunday's event.

"My training has been going quite well recently, which has given me a lot of confidence. When my confidence is high, I believe that I can take on the world and win."

WATCH | Lakatos races to 12th career World Para gold medal in 2019:

Brent Lakatos races to a 12th career World Para gold medal

2 years ago
Duration 4:51
Montreal's Brent Lakatos won the men's 100-metre T53 event at the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai on Friday in a time of 14.59 seconds. It's Lakatos' 12th World Para gold medal. 4:51

With files from CBC Sports

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