Boston – Switzerland’s Marcel Hug has won the wheelchair race at the Boston Marathon in a world’s best time.

Hug outpushed 10-time winner Ernst van Dyk of South Africa down Boylston Street to finish in a time of 1:18:04. That’s a course record and the fastest time ever for a wheelchair marathon.

The straight-line Boston course doesn’t qualify for a world record, because of the possibility of a supportive tailwind like the one on Monday.

It was the third straight Boston win for the 32-year-old from Switzerland.

The old world’s best was 1:18:25.

Hug’s compatriot Manuela Schar shattered the women’s mark by more than five minutes, winning in 1:28:17.


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