BOSTON – There were familiar names at the top of the results in the Boston Marathon on Monday as Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden won the races in difficult conditions on the famous course.
With intense winds and pouring rain, all the athletes in Boston were made to work hard just to finish the course and impressive performances from Hug and McFadden saw them win the legendary marathon yet again.
Early in the race South African Ernst van Dyk and Hug broke away from the pack and took the lead before Hug broke away on Heartbreak Hill. Hug won the race in 1:46:26, which is one of his slowest times on the course thanks to the difficult conditions, claiming his fourth straight title.
“It was very cold all the time, just freezing. I was together with Ernst van Dyk but then in the uphill, I broke away,” said Hug. “It was just so tough, so freezing, I don’t realize what happened now – I’m just very glad I made it.”
Van Dyk did manage to hold on for second place finishing a minute behind Hug with American Daniel Romanchuk finishing a further three minutes back for third place.
The defending champion in the women’s race Manuela Schaer was leading the race in the early stages, but before the halfway mark she was caught by McFadden. The American just pushed on from there claiming a big victory in 2:03:39, her fifth Boston crown.
“I knew today was going to be tough so I started out comfortably, what I could handle down that hill because it was pretty scary but I just kept hammering; kept a consistent speed, really working on the ups and the straight-aways – and I did it,” said McFadden after the race.
It was an American one-two in the women’s with Susannah Scaroni leading in the rest of the field in 2:20:01 while Switzerland managed a second medal of the day with Sandra Graf wrapping up the podium in 2:26:32.