David Weir has continued his domination of the London Marathon as he claimed his seventh title in the men’s wheelchair event on Sunday.
It was a thrilling finish between the British racer and Swiss racer Marcel Hug as the two sprinted away from the rest of the field. Weir managed to come up from behind and get past Hug to win his seventh London Marathon in his 18th straight appearance at the event, his seventh win sets a new record as breaking Dame Tanni Grey-Tomson’s mark of six wins. The podium was rounded out by Kurt Fearnley who finished just behind the two leaders.
Both Weir and Hug were coming off big marathons wins in the previous week as Weir was backing up from Paris, which he credits with giving him the confidence to win in London. Hug was coming off winning in Boston but with one less day to recover and much more travel Hug perhaps just didn’t have enough to get ahead of Weir because of it.
The women’s race was nowhere near as close as the men’s race with Swiss racer Manuela Schar was able to win in a new course record, backing up phenomenally well from Boston on Monday.
Schar pulled away and won easily, finally breaking through for her first win in London after finishing second for three straight years. Her win was so strong she broke the course record managing a time of 1:39:57.
At 35km Schar was more than two minutes ahead of American Amanda McGrory and by the finish she was almost five minutes ahead. A further three minutes behind was another American Amanda McGrory who had earlier in the season won in Tokyo.