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Marcel Hug and Susannah Scaroni win Boston Marathon wheelchair divisions

Hug scored his sixth victory on Boylston Street, smashing his third course record by almost a minute and winning an extra $50,000

marcel hug and daniel romanczuk Photo by: Kevin Morris

Swiss wheelchair athlete Marcel Hug scored his sixth victory and third course record at Monday’s Boston Marathon, finishing in one hour, 17 minutes and six seconds on a rain-slicked course on Boylston Street. It was sweet redemption for the 37-year-old, who dropped out in 2022 and missed the right turn onto Hereford Street near the finish in 2021 (though he still won).

It appears his time is a new world record, surpassing his previous record of 1:17:47 by 41 seconds.

Susannah Scaroni of the U.S. won her first victory at Boston in one hour, 41 minutes and 45 seconds after having to stop and tighten one of her wheels about 15 km into the race. (She had a strong enough lead at that point that she was able to maintain it all the way to the finish.) She has been second twice and third three times in the past. 

She has previous wins at the Chicago and New York City Marathons.

Scaroni said after the race that she had to take out an Allen key to adjust her wheel, which unfortunately cost her some time.

Hug blasted his course record by almost a minute. The win comes with a $25,000 payday, plus an extra time bonus of $50,000 for the course record–so that mistake a couple of years ago was an expensive one. 

After the race, Hug mentioned the challenging conditions, referring mainly to the wet road, but also to Boston’s famous hills. 

Daniel Romanchuk of the U.S. was second in 1:27:45, 10 minutes behind Hug. Romanczuk has two previous Boston victories (in 2019 and 2022). Jetze Plat of the Netherlands finished third, in 1:28:35.

Canadian Josh Cassidy finished 21st, in 1:47:02.

 

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