Elite men, bulk of field start Boston Marathon

Marcel Hug edged out Ernst van Dyk at the finish line. setting a new world record

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

Marcel Hug won his third consecutive Boston Marathon men's wheelchair push-rim title today, but it was a close finish for the second straight year.

Helped by a strong tailwind in the second half of the race, Schar powered to victory in 1hour 28min 17sec.

On Monday, Swiss Paralympian Manuela Schar defeated America's four-time defending champion Tatyanna McFadden to set a new course record. Both Hug and Schar set course records.

The old world's best was 1:18:25.

Susannah Scaroni took third a further four seconds back while McFadden completed the USA 2-3-4 by finishing in 1:35.05. But McFadden, 27, lay in a hospital just two weeks ago, recovering from surgery to alleviate blood clots.

"I'm looking to win another major", she told reporters after the race.

Hug, nicknamed the Swiss Silver Bullet, waged a back-and-forth battle with Van Dyk, a 10-time Boston victor, before bolting to the finish in a course-record time of 1:18:04. Japan's Hiroyuki Yamamoto finished third in 1:19:32.



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