Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his fifth men’s wheelchair title at the New York City Marathon by convincingly breaking the course record, while Susannah Scaroni of the United States clinched her first title in the women’s division and also set a course record.
Known as the ‘Silver Bullet’, 36-year-old Hug dominated the race almost from the start, finishing in 1 hour 25 minutes 26 seconds, beating the 15-year-old course record set by Kurt Fearnley by nearly four minutes in 2006.
Hug took the lead coming out of the Verrazano Bridge and steadily pulled away from his main rival, Daniel Romanchuk of the United States. Hug’s fifth title tied Kurt Fearnley and Tatyana McFadden for most wins in the wheelchair division. He ended a near perfect 2022 with victories in four of the other five major marathons in Tokyo, Berlin, London and Chicago. He broke the course record in the final two.
Scaroni won his first New York City Marathon in 1 hour 42 minutes 43 seconds. She set a new course record of 21 seconds, breaking McFadden’s record set in 2015.
Hug and Scaroni will receive $25,000 for placing first and will each receive an additional $50,000 for setting course records.
Scaroni’s win comes after she won her first major marathon in Chicago last month. She took an early lead and was never challenged. At the halfway mark, Scaroni had a nearly three-minute lead over Manuela Schar of Switzerland and Madison De Rozario of Australia, who won the event last year.
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