Ottawa-born Josh Cassidy broke the men’s wheelchair marathon world record in Boston on Monday.
Despite the punishing heat, Cassidy finished the course in 1:18.25, beating Ernst Van Dyk’s 2004 world record by two seconds. He is the first Canadian to win the Boston Marathon’s wheelchair division since 1987.
In the men’s race, last year’s winner Geoffrey Mutai’s sudden drop out at the 30K paved the way for Wesley Korir to win the race in 2:12.40, a far cry from Mutai’s 2:03.02 in ideal conditions last year. The men’s race, dominated by Kenyans, was hotly contested, with Levy Matebo taking second in 2:13.06 and Bernard Kipyego taking third in 2:13.13.
On the women’s side, 2011 champ Caroline Kilel seemed to drop from the lead around the 33K mark, leaving Sharon Cherop, Jemima Jelagat Sumgong and Georgina Rono to fight it out. Cherop ended up taking first in 2:31.50, narrowly edging out Sumgong, who came in at 2:31.52. Rono was third in 2:33.09.
In women’s wheelchair action, winner Shirley Reilly beat her own PB by almost nine minutes to win in 1:27.36 over 2011 winner Wakako Tsuchida. Canadian Diane Roy came third in 1:42.37
For full results from the race, visit the Boston Athletic Association website.