Home Disability Marcel Hug, Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland Win Males’s, Ladies’s Wheelchair Races

Marcel Hug, Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland Win Males’s, Ladies’s Wheelchair Races

Marcel Hug, Catherine Debrunner of Switzerland Win Males’s, Ladies’s Wheelchair Races


Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner, each from Switzerland, received the lads’s and ladies’s wheelchair races within the New York Metropolis Marathon on Sunday. Hug received a document sixth victory on New York’s course, whereas Debrunner set a course document in her debut within the race.

Hug, whose nickname is the Silver Bullet, received his third consecutive race in New York in 1 hour 25 minutes 29 seconds, three seconds in need of the course document he set final yr. He additionally surpassed Kurt Fearnley’s document of 5 wins within the race.

“It’s unimaginable,” Hug mentioned on ESPN. “In the meanwhile, I’m simply so, so drained. It was actually robust. However I’m comfortable as effectively.”

Debrunner ended a dominating 2023 by ending in 1 hour 39 minutes 32 seconds, smashing the New York course document by greater than three minutes.

Earlier this yr, she received the Berlin and Chicago marathons, that are each on flat programs, in comparison with New York’s hilly course. She set course information in each races and a world document in Berlin.

She additionally received the title for many factors within the main marathon sequence, which incorporates six races globally.

“I knew it was the hardest marathon and it was my first time,” Debrunner mentioned on ESPN after the race. “I got here away a lot sooner than anticipated and I did the entire race on my own. It means the world to me. I received the entire marathon sequence and that’s so insane. It’s been a fairy-tale season.”

Like final yr, Hug was neck-and-neck with Daniel Romanchuk of the USA for the primary few miles of the race. However as they sped via Brooklyn, Hug pulled away and was a number of minutes in entrance by the midway level. His commanding lead held over the remainder of the course.

Whereas Romanchuk completed second in 1 hour half-hour 7 seconds on Sunday, he certified for the U.S. staff in subsequent summer time’s Paralympic Video games in Paris. For the primary time, the New York Metropolis Marathon doubled because the qualifying race for the highest two American finishers. Aaron Pike, the second American finisher, additionally made the staff.

Debrunner led nearly from the beginning of the race on Staten Island. She had a commanding one-minute lead inside the first 10 miles of the race. By the halfway level, her lead had ballooned to greater than three minutes over Susannah Scaroni of the USA, who received the race in document time final yr.

Manuela Schar of Switzerland completed second. Scaroni completed third, however she certified for the U.S. staff for the Paralympic Video games, as did Tatyana McFadden, a five-time winner of the race, who completed sixth.

Hug received $35,000 for ending first in his division. Debrunner received $35,000 for profitable her division and one other $50,000 for breaking the course document.



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