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Chentouf sets visually impaired marathon world record at WPA Marathon Championships

Chentouf was the defending champion at London and the Paralympic champion going into today's race

Defending champion and Paralympic champion El Amin Chentouf of Morocco set a new world record in the T12 visually-impaired division at the WPA Marathon World Championships, also the site of the Virgin Money London Marathon today. Chentouf clocked 2:21:23, a 10-second personal best, at the race where more than 80 para athletes from 25 countries competed for gold in five medal events: men’s and women’s T12 visually impaired, men’s T46 ambulant athletes and men’s and women’s T54 wheelchairs.

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Chentouf and Australian single-arm amputee Michael Roeger, who clocked a sixth-place finish at the Melbourne Marathon in 2018, ran much of the course together. Roeger took gold in his division, finishing in 2:22:51. Alberto Suarez Laso of Spain took second in the visually impaired division, in 2:25:50, and Tadashi Horikoshi was third in 2:25:56.

Scottish runner Derek Rae was second in the athletes-with-impairments division behind Roeger, in 2:27:08, with Abdelhadi El Harti of Morocco third, in 2:30:44.

Wheelchair athletes Daniel Romanchuk of the US, who is 20, won his division (which is also part of the Abbott World Major Marathon series) in 1:33:37, two weeks after his victory at the Boston Marathon. Romanchuk was third at London last year, and won Chicago and New York last year. Marcel Hug of Switzerland (1:33:42), who was won the World Majors series twice, finished second, and Tomoki Suzuki (1:33:51) was third in the T53/T54 division.

Canadian wheelchair athletes Josh Cassidy and Tristan Smyth finished in 1:41:43 and 1:43:06, for 18th and 20th, respectively. Cassidy won the Boston Marathon and set a new course record in 2012.

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Among the women wheelchair athletes it was Switzerland’s Manuela Schär in first (1:44:09), the US’s Tatyana McFadden in second (1:49:42) and Australia’s Madison di Rozario, the Commonwealth Games champion and 2018 London champion third, in 1:49:43. Schär, 34, who set the London course record in 2017, has now swept the Abbott World Majors Series XII.

The visually impaired event was won by Misato Michishita of Japan in 3:06:18, followed by Edneusa de Jesus Santos Dorta of Brazil in 3:13:17 in second and Maria Paredes Rodriguez of Spain in 3:13:19.