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Illinois’ Romanchuk wins men’s wheelchair race at Boston Marathon, Scaroni takes second in women’s wheelchair

Daniel Romanchuck, of the United States, breaks the tape to win the Mens Wheelchair Division of the 126th Boston Marathon, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Boston.

BOSTON — A pair of familiar faces made it to the top of the winner’s stand in the wheelchair division of the 126th Boston Marathon.

University of Illinois wheelchair athlete Daniel Romanchuk holds his hand over his heart during an awards ceremony after winning the men’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon, Monday, April 18, 2022, in Boston. Charles Krupa/AP

American Daniel Romanchuk won his second career men’s wheelchair title, claiming the victory with a time of 1 hour, 26 minutes and 58 seconds. The 23-year-old Romanchuk led for 23 miles of the 26.2-mile course, besting a field that didn’t include defending champion and five-time Boston winner Marcel Hug, who withdrew hours before the race for unspecified reasons.

Romanchuk trained at the University of Illinois. He previously won the Boston race in 2019 when he became the first American since 1993 to win the title. He finished third in the New York Marathon in November and second in the first fall edition of the Boston event last year. 

According to WBZ radio, Romanchuk won two medals for Team USA at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. He won gold in the 400-meter race and Bronze in the Marathon.

Fellow American Aaron Pike was second in 1:32:49, followed by Great Britain’s Johnboy Smith in 1:32:55.

In the women’s race, Switzerland’s Manuela Schar won her second straight Boston crown and fourth overall, crossing the line in 1:41:08. She was followed by the University of Illlinois’ Susannah Scaroni in 1:46:20 and Australian Madison De Rozario in 1:52:48. Five-time Boston champion Tatyana McFadden withdrew from the women’s wheelchair race on Saturday because of a medical issue.


Associated Press

Associated Press

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