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Soejima Beats Out Fearnley, Van Dyk In Men’s Wheelchair

By Mark Pratt, Associated Press
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Masazumi Soejima of Japan crosses the finish line in the Men's Wheelchair Race at the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011. (CBS)

Masazumi Soejima of Japan crosses the finish line in the Men’s Wheelchair Race at the 115th Boston Marathon on April 18, 2011. (CBS)

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BOSTON (CBS\AP) — Masazumi Soejima of Japan has won the Boston Marathon men’s wheelchair division for the second time in 1 hour, 18 minutes, 50 seconds.

The Close Finish To The Men’s Wheelchair Race 

Soejima, who also won in 2007, was in third place in the final stretch but made a final frantic push to pass Australian Kurt Fearnley and nine-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa, who both finished in 1:18.51.

Photo Gallery: Boston Marathon Elite Race

Van Dyk had won nine of the last 10 men’s wheelchair races, his string broken by Soejima.

“I gave it my best, but what a race. What a finish,” Van Dyk told WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill after the race. “It was great, I’m very happy for Soejima that he finally won again here.”

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill With Ernst Van Dyk

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