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Marcel Hug wins the men’s wheelchair division of the 2024 Boston Marathon

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Hug earned his seventh victory in Boston.

Marcel Hug at the finish line of the Boston Athletic Association 5K on April 13. Andrew Burke-Stevenson/The Boston Globe

For the seventh time in his legendary career, Swiss runner Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair category of the Boston Marathon, breaking his previous course record. Hug finished with a time of 1:15:33, dominating a talented field despite colliding with a barrier while making the famous “fire station turn” in Newton.

Hug, 38, got off to a strong start in the race, establishing a lead of more than a minute by the time he reached Natick. At the halfway mark, Hug was more than 30 seconds off the pace to set a course record, according to the Boston Athletic Association.

By the time he reached the Newton Hills, Hug held a seemingly unassailable lead. This was tested when he took a corner too quickly before climbing the Newton Hills, resulting in his wheelchair. collide with a barrier. Hug fortunately remained unharmed and quickly recovered. He resumed his journey in a few moments.

The man known as “Silver Bullet” (because of his distinctive running helmet) is one of the most decorated athletes in Boston Marathon history. He won for the first time in 2015, defeating longtime champion Ernst Van Dyk.

Since his first breakthrough, Hug has dominated Boston, winning every year except 2019 and 2022 (and 2020, when the competition was canceled due to the pandemic). Additionally, Hug won 14 other “major” marathons. On the world stage, he totaled 12 medals (including six gold) at the Paralympic Games.

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