One day after Chicago Marathon victory, McFadden and Romanchuk are finalists in Boston


Daniel Romanchuk crosses the finish line in the Men’s Division Wheelchair Race at the 2021 Boston Marathon on October 11, 2021 in Boston.

For most people, finishing a marathon is a great excuse to order pizza and enjoy the accomplishment.

Tatyana McFadden and Daniel Romanchuk aren’t most people.

A day after winning their respective wheelchair divisions in the Chicago Marathon, the American Paralympic stars were at the start line in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. Just over 26 miles later, both were finalists in the 125th Boston Marathon.

Romanchuk crossed the iconic finish line on Boylston Street in Boston in 1 hour, 25 minutes, 46 seconds – 7:35 behind winner Marcel Hug of Switzerland. McFadden was also second behind a Swiss rider, Manuela Schar winning in 1:35:21 and the American in 1:50:20.

Three other US Paralympians also made the bizarre turnaround, with Boston being postponed from April due to Covid-19.

Yen Hoang was third for the women in 1:51:24, a day after finishing second in Chicago, while Jenna Fesemyer was sixth in 1:59:51. Fesemyer, who like Hoang made his Paralympic debut in Tokyo, was third in Chicago.

On the men’s side, Aaron Pike, who had just played his fifth Paralympic Games last summer in Tokyo, was fourth in 1: 28.55. Pike, who also enjoys Nordic skiing, was sixth in the Tokyo Paralympic Marathon and third in Chicago.

Nell Rojas and Colin Bennie were the top Americans in the running races, Rojas (2:27:12) taking sixth place in the women and Bennie (2:11:26) seventh in the men. CJ Albertson led for much of the men’s race and was 2:13 ahead of the field at the halfway point, but was passed by the 20 mile mark and finished 10th.

The results continue the impressive marathon careers of McFadden and Romanchuk.

One of the most dominant wheelchair runners of all time, McFadden, 32, took her major marathon wins to 24 with her victory in Chicago. She is also a 20-time medalist at six Paralympic Games, including one in Nordic skiing.

Romanchuk, 23, already has seven major marathon wins after winning his third title in Chicago. He won a bronze medal in the Paralympic marathon earlier this summer in Tokyo, where he also won a gold in the 400 meters.

The two are scheduled to compete in the New York City Marathon again on November 7.


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