Marcel Hug wins men’s wheelchair race, his fourth New York City title
By Ken Belson
Marcel Hug of Switzerland, known as the “Silver Bullet,” continued his stellar 2021 by winning his fourth New York City Marathon, dominating the men’s wheelchair race.
Hug led from the start, finishing in 1 hour, 31 minutes, 24 seconds.
Hug, 35, won four gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympic Games this summer, including his second consecutive gold in the marathon. After Tokyo, he won the Berlin, London and Boston marathons and finished in second place in the Chicago Marathon, just behind one of his biggest rivals, Daniel Romanchuk of the United States.
On Sunday, Hug held a 3-minute lead over David Weir of Britain after 20 kilometers and passed the halfway point at 43:52, and was on course to smash the course record by nearly two minutes. His lead ballooned to more than 3 minutes as he sped up First Avenue. That lead grew to more than 6 minutes by the finish.