Switzerland man Marcel Hug, American woman Susannah Scaroni take Boston Marathon wheelchair titles


A familiar name returned to the top of the podium and another first in the wheelchair division at the 127th Boston Marathon.

Switzerland’s Marcel Hug captured his sixth men’s wheelchair Boston Marathon title Monday, claiming victory in the first race of the day in a course record time of 1 hour, 17 minutes, 6 seconds. This bested his previous course mark of 1:18:04 set in 2017. American Daniel Romanchuk was second in 1:27.45, followed by Jetze Platt of the Netherlands in 1:28.35.

In the women’s race, American Susanna Scaroni won her first Boston title, crossing the line in 1:41.45. He was runner-up in 2018 and 2022. She was followed by Australia’s Madison De Rosario in 1:46.55 and Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida in 1:47.04.

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Marcel Hug of Switzerland breaks the tape winning the men’s wheelchair portion of the 127th Boston Marathon on April 17, 2023. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

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Hugg’s victory was the second largest in the history of the Boston Wheelchair Race. He received a $25,000 bonus for the win and a $50,000 bonus for setting a new course mark.

Hugg, 37, moved to the front of the field on a foggy and stormy morning, leading the majority of the 26.2-mile course one year after withdrawing before the race for medical reasons. Hug also broke the course record in Saturday’s 5K race.

Scaroni built a 20-second lead with 10 miles to go before stopping briefly to fix a loose right wheel. She dealt with the issue and returned to the race.

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