Saturday, December 4, 2021

Hug, De Rosario Wins NYC Marathon Wheelchair Race

NEW YORK (NWN) – Australia’s Madison De Rosario has won the New York City Marathon women’s wheelchair race, beating defending champions Tatyana McFadden and Manuela Schaar for her first Big Apple win.

The 27-year-old won the gold medal at this year’s Tokyo Paralympic Marathon by just a second over Shar, but she blew the field on Sunday, clocking 1 hour, 51 minutes and 1 second to win by nearly three minutes. McFadden finished second and Shar third.

De Rosario, who developed transverse myelitis at age 4, competed in New York for the third time. His best performance in 2017 was fifth. She is the first Australian to win the NYC Marathon.

Switzerland’s Marcel Haug won the men’s wheelchair race for the fourth time, getting away from the field early on for his first title since 2017.

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The 35-year-old added another award in a remarkable year that included four gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, including the marathon. He also won the Boston Marathon last month.

Hugh, born with spina bifida, was second only to American Daniel Romanchuk in 2018 and ’19. The subsequent defeat came by just a second.

The hug finished in 1:31:24, more than 6 1/2 minutes ahead of Britain’s David Weir in second and Romanchuk in third.

The NYC Marathon is running its 50th edition in 2020 after being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. With efforts to maintain distance between competitors near the start and finish lines, the field was cut from about 40% to 30,000 runners.

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