BOSTON (CBS) – Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Tatyana McFadden of Maryland won the wheelchair divisions in the Boston Marathon on a rain-soaked course Monday.

Hug and 10-time Boston champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa were essentially side-by side through the first 20 miles of the race, but Hug pulled ahead on Heartbreak Hill in Newton and never looked back.

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Marcel Hug of Switzerland won the men’s wheelchair race for the fourth straight year. (WBZ-TV)

Hug finished in 1:46:26. Van Dyk finished second at 1:47:17.

Last year, Hug completed the course in 1:18:04 in much drier conditions.  He did not speak to reporters after the race, but was instead taken to the medical tent.

McFadden held a huge lead in the women’s wheelchair race and went on to win Boston for the fifth time in 2:04:40.

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Tatyana McFadden of Maryland won the women’s wheelchair race for the fifth time. (WBZ-TV)

McFadden did not win last year, but won four straight from 2013 to 2016

 

McFadden struggled in 2017 due to blood clot issues. But she told WBZ-TV after her win this year she knew she had to get back on the course.

“I’m just really, really happy. Today is a day of being ‘Boston Strong,’ and surviving out there,” she said.

“It took a lot to come back. The last month I’ve been focused on two-a-days and really focusing on building myself back. I never gave up. There were times I really wanted to say ‘Maybe not this year.’ But I love this sport so much and I just really didn’t want to give up. I had to come back.”

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