Marcel Hug, Tatyana McFadden Win Boston Marathon Wheelchair Divisions
BOSTON (CBS) - Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Tatyana McFadden of Maryland won the wheelchair divisions of the 2015 Boston Marathon Monday.
Hug took control of the men's race around the 15k mark (9.3 miles) and never looked back.
He finished in 1:29:53, nine minutes slower than the course record.
It's his first win in Boston.
Hug finished fourth in 2013 and 2014.
"After fourth place last year and now winning this historic marathon, I'm really proud," he told WBZ-TV.
He wasn't worried about the rain.
"It didn't matter to me because I was ready for the rain. I had the rain gloves. So it didn't matter if it was raining or not."
Defending champion Ernst Van Dyk was second in 1:36:27.
Watch: Hug Wins Men's Division
McFadden, of Clarksville, Maryland, successfully defended her title, winning the women's wheelchair division in 1:52:54, 17 minutes slower than last year.
It's her third Boston Marathon title.
The slower times were a result of a strong head wind on the course this year.
"Today was definitely a special day," she told WBZ-TV.
"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.
The Richards say McFadden's win was inspirational.
"We congratulate Tatyana in defending her title in Boston and representing TeamMR8 for a second straight year," Bill and Denise Richard said in a statement. "She is an inspiration to all runners, not just those with disabilities. We are honored to call her a friend."
Watch: McFadden Wins Women's Division
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