By Mark Pratt, Associated Press

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.

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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.

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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.”

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