American multiple Paralympic and world champion Tatyana McFadden has sealed her third consecutive wheelchair race win at the Boston Marathon.
The reigning Chicago, New York and London Marathon champion crossed the line in a time of 1 hour 52min 54sec to come in ahead of second placed Wakako Tsuchida of Japan with 1:53:48 and compatriot Susannah Scaroni, third in 1:57:21.
McFadden posted a picture on Twitter of a singlet she was wearing in memory of Martin Richard, the eight-year-old boy killed in the finish line bombing at the 2013 edition of the marathon, and said she was racing for his family.
“Today was definitely a special day,” she told WBZ-TV after winning.
“It’s about strength, courage, hope and Boston.
“I ran for the Richard family.
“I gave my wreath to them in remembrance.
“Just in remembrance of strength, courage and hope and that each day gets better and stronger and we’re here together as a community.”
Meanwhile, Swiss London 2012 Paralympic marathon silver medallist Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair race to secure his first Boston Marathon victory after finishing fourth last year and in 2013.
He clocked 1:29:53 to finish ahead of defending champion and 10-time winner of the race Ernst van Dyk of South Africa, who crossed the line in 1:36:27, while Japan’s Masazumi Soejima placed third with 1:36:28.
“I’m really happy,” said Hug.
“I was feeling so strong from the beginning and I just tried to keep going.”
November 2014: McFadden completes second consecutive marathon Grand Slam
October 2014: Wheelchair racers George and McFadden reign supreme in Chicago once again
April 2014: Van Dyk and McFadden win Boston Marathon wheelchair races
April 2014: McFadden takes women's wheelchair London Marathon title just weeks after Sochi success
November 2013: American wheelchair racer McFadden makes history with marathon grand slam