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Marcel Hug, Tatyana McFadden Repeat As Boston Marathon Wheelchair Champions

BOSTON (CBS) - Marcel Hug of Switzerland won his second straight men's wheelchair race in the 2016 Boston Marathon Monday, but it was a lot closer this time.

Hug held off ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa and Kurt Fearnley of Australia at the finish line to win in 1:24:01.

Van Dyk was one second behind in 1:24:02 and Fearnley was only two seconds off in third place at 1:24:03.

Marcel Hug of Switzerland won a very close finish in the men's wheelchair division Monday. (WBZ-TV) Marcel Hug of Switzerland won a very close finish in the men's wheelchair division Monday. (WBZ-TV)

Hug won last year in 1:29:53.

He said the better weather played a big role in his faster time this year.

"It was crazy. Very close finish. Three guys together. Very happy that I had the best end," Hug told WBZ-TV.

"Just tried to go hard has possible at the end, not attack too early, just wait a little bit. It was just going as hard as possible."

Watch : Hug On Winning 2016 Boston Marathon

In the women's wheelchair race, defending champion Tatyana McFadden, took the lead around the 10-mile mark in Natick and never looked back.

Tatyana McFadden
Tatyana McFadden wins the women's wheelchair race at the 2016 Boston Marathon. (WBZ-TV)

McFadden, of Clarksville, Maryland, won in 1:42:15, about ten minutes faster than her 2015 finish on a rainy course.

It's her fourth Boston Marathon title.

Watch : McFadden Wins 2016 Boston Marathon

She high-fived Bill Richard, father of marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, seconds after finishing and later posed for a picture at the finish line with the Richard family.

Tatyana McFadden
Tatyana McFadden posed with the Richard family after winning the 2016 Boston Marathon. (WBZ-TV)

McFadden rode for Team MR8, which raises money for the Martin Richard Foundation.

Watch: McFadden On 2016 Win

"With the weather and the crowd today, and remembering the reason why you're running just really pushed me forward today," she told WBZ.

"When I was feeling exhausted I just needed to remember why I was running and for the reason I was. That kind of brought the energy back and the focus back. They're such an incredible family. I ran for them today and for the City of Boston."

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