Marcel Hug repeats as men’s wheelchair champ
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.
“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.”