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Marcel Hug wins men’s wheelchair race for fourth year in a row

  • Marcel Hug wins men’s wheelchair race for fourth year in a row – London Marathon 2024

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug surged to victory in the men’s wheelchair race at the London Marathon for the fourth year in a row.

The 38-year-old crossed the line in one hour 28 minutes and 35 seconds for his fifth win in London.

American Daniel Romanchuk finished second with Briton David Weir, in his 25th consecutive appearance, third.

Catherine Debrunner, also of Switzerland, dominated the women’s wheelchair race to win in 1:38:54.

Victory was Debrunner’s first in London and she led from very early on, soon putting a gap between herself and her rivals as she went on to finish more than six minutes in front of fellow countrywoman Manuela Schar in second.

Great Britain’s Eden Rainbow-Cooper, who won the Boston Marathon last week, came seventh in 1:50:39.

London Marathon: women’s wheelchair race results

  1. Catherine Debrunne (Sui) – 1:38:54
  2. Manuela Schar (Sui) – 1:45:00
  3. Tatyana McFadden (USA) – 1:45:51

Meanwhile, Hug, who won the men’s race in Boston, had Romanchuk for company throughout the first half of the race in London.

The pair appeared to have moved clear of the rest of the field but Weir and Japan’s Tomoki Suzuki reeled them in.

However, Hug had enough left in the tank to drop his competitors in the second half of the race to win comfortably.

London Marathon: men’s wheelchair race results

  1. Marcel Hug (Sui) – 1:28:35
  2. Daniel Romanchuk (USA) – 1:29:06
  3. David Weir (GB) – 1:29:58

The London Marathon has become the first marathon in the world to offer equal prize money for wheelchair and non-disabled races.

This year, winners in all elite races will receive $55,000 (£43,500).

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