A day after winning the wheelchair races in the Chicago Marathon, the Americans Tatiana mcfadden and Daniel Romanchuk both finished second in the Boston Marathon on Monday, competing in the World Marathon Majors on consecutive days for the first time in their careers.
Swiss Paralympians Manuela Schär and Marcel Câlin beat its best competitors to win the first Boston Marathon in 910 days after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the 2020 edition and postponed this year’s edition from its traditional April date.
The pandemic has made the marathon season a lot more like a sprint than, well, a marathon. The major marathons of 2021 started on September 26 with Berlin, continued on October 3 in London, then moved quickly to the United States with Chicago on October 10 and Boston on October 11. The busy schedule ends with New York on November 7. The Olympic and Paralympic marathons were also held in August and September.
Hug was Boston’s first winner in 2021 in 1:18:11, with Romanchuk crossing in 1:25:46 and Ernst Van Dyk, the 48-year-old veteran from South Africa who has won Boston 10 times since 2001, in 1: 28.43
Schär beat the women in 1:35:21, followed by McFadden in 1:50:20 and his fellow American Yen Hoang at 1:51:25.
Schär and Hug extend their lead in the 2019-2021 World Marathon Majors Series standings with their latest victories. The season includes the last two marathons of 2019, the two that took place in 2020 and five of 2021, as well as the Olympic / Paralympic marathons.
Schär, 36, won the 2019 Chicago Marathon that kicked off the series, as well as New York that year. She finished second in London in 2020. This year she won Berlin, London and now Boston; she won Paralympic silver in Tokyo and hasn’t raced in Chicago this year.
McFadden, 32, retains second place. The 20-time Paralympic medalist was the 2019 Chicago finalist and 2019 NYC finalist, second in Berlin this year, then third in London, first in Chicago and now second in Boston. His victory in Chicago on Sunday marked the 23rd victory of his career and the first since Boston in 2018.
Hug, 35, holds a narrow lead over Romanchuk, 23.
Hug’s results include four wins (2020 Paralympics, 2021 Berlin, 2021 London, 2021 Boston), three second places (2019 Chicago, 2019 NYC, 2021 Chicago) and a third place (2020 London). Romanchuk won Chicago 2019, NYC 2019 and Chicago 2021, finished second in Berlin 2021, London 2021, Boston 2021 and third at the Paralympics.
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