Congratulations to all the athletes that achieved their goals and completed today’s 120th Boston Marathon. What a finish especially in the men’s wheelchair race with Marcel Hug from Switzerland finishing first again this year with a time of 1:24:01. Hug was able to hold off ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa and Kurt Fearnley of Australia at the finish line. At one point with less than 15 yards to the finish, the three racers were all side-by-side by-side. What an effort!
If you missed it, watch this video of the finish as Van Dyk (1:24:02) and Fearnley (1:24:03) were a near photo finish and after 26.2 miles the men’s wheelchair race came down to less than a one push difference!
Here’s a photo of the finish line of the men’s wheelchair race courtesy of CBSBoston with only 3/1oth’s of a second deciding the top three finishers.
Women’s wheelchair division winner: Tatyana McFadden finished in 1:42:16
Women’s overall race winner: Atsede Baysa of Ethiopia with a time of 2:29:18
Men’s overall race winner: Lemi Berhanu Hayle of Ethiopia with a time of 2:12:45