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Marcel Hug repeats as men’s wheelchair champ

Marcel Hug won his second Boston Marathon wheelchair division title on Monday.
Marcel Hug won his second Boston Marathon wheelchair division title on Monday. (John Tlumacki/Globe Staff)

Marcel Hug repeated as the men’s wheelchair winner at the 120th Boston Marathon, outdueling 10-time champion Ernst Van Dyk and Kurt Fearnley in a dramatic three-wide push to the finish line.

Hug won last year’s race by more than 6 minutes, but didn’t have that luxury this time. He trailed Van Dyk, with Fearnley right behind, as the trio turned onto Boylston Street, finish line in sight.

Then it was simply a sprint to the tape, and Hug pushed hardest. He overtook Van Dyk by the slimmest of margins, with Fearnley also coming to the front as they raced side-by-side-by-side.

Hug had just enough, winning by slightly more than a chair-length. Van Dyk and Fearnley crossed the line at about the same instant for a photo finish.

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“Really, really happy to defend my title. It’s nice to be back in Boston, and to win for a second time is amazing,” said Hug, a 30-year-old from Switzerland. “Just keep going as fast as possible.”

Marcel Hug of Switzerland accepted the first place trophy after winning the men’s wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon.
Marcel Hug of Switzerland accepted the first place trophy after winning the men’s wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon. (Brian Snyder/REUTERS)

Michael Whitmer can be reached at mwhitmer@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeWhitmer.