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Japan’s Yamamoto, USA’s McFadden win wheelchair races

At the finish line of the Boston Marathon, men’s wheelchair winner Hiroyuki Yamamoto hit the tape.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

At the finish line of the Boston Marathon, men’s wheelchair winner Hiroyuki Yamamoto hit the tape.

Women’s wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden.

John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Women’s wheelchair winner Tatyana McFadden.

A pair of newcomers to the Boston Marathon were victorious in the wheelchair races Monday.

Japan’s Hiroyuki Yamamoto won the men’s wheelchair race, finishing in 1 hour 25 minutes 32 seconds.

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In the women’s event, Tatyana McFadden of the United States pulled away from the rest of the field to win in 1:45:25.

This is the first time Yamamoto, 46, has competed in Boston.

McFadden, a 24-year-old Russian-born resident of Maryland, also was racing on the Boston course for the first time.

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“Ignorance may be bliss,’’ said Yamamoto through his translator when asked whether his unfamiliarity with the course may have helped. He said he wanted to make his move at the 5-kilometer mark and his strategy went according to plan.

“I was told it was a downhill race, so I tried to take advantage of the downhills whenever I could,’’ he said.

Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, a nine-time winner, was second in the men’s race.

Yamamoto was at the front of the pack for virtually the entire race. He built a 200-yard lead at the 8-mile mark and led by a similar distance for much of the race.

Chad Finn can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @GlobeChadFinn.
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