Daniel Romanchuk clinches New York Marathon title

Manuela Schär pips favourite Tatyana McFadden for women's title 04 Nov 2019
Daniel Romanchuk holds the US flag after winning the 2019 New York Marathon
Daniel Romanchuk clinched second consecutive New York Marathon title
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By New York Road Runners

USA’s Daniel Romanchuk clinched his second consecutive New York City Marathon title after winning the men's wheelchair event on Sunday.

The 21-year-old clocked 1:37:24 to finish ahead of a pack that included Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, Great Britain’s David Weir and USA's Aaron Pike.

“The first few miles were relatively fast, but as it got later in the race, there were just more and more people catching up and making a bigger group, and then things got a little bit more tactical,” said 21-year-old Romanchuk, who had already won titles this year in Boston, London and Chicago.

Daniel Romanchuk crosses the finish line of the 2019 New York Marathon

“It was a very tight finish. A group of four, my teammate Aaron Pike, Marcel Hug, and then David Weir as well.”

Romanchuk, who last year became the first American and youngest competitor to win the men's division, held off Hug with a final sprint through Central Park, crossing the finish line in 1:37.24. Hug was one second behind for a second straight year. Germany's David Weir and Romanchuk’s teammate Aaron Pike were also within 10 seconds.

In the women’s wheelchair division, Switzerland's Manuela Schär won her third straight title in New York, giving her eight consecutive marathon major victories.

After rolling ahead of the record pace for much of Sunday's race, Schär crossed the finish about a minute off the mark at 1:44.20.

Manuela Schär holds the Swiss flag and smiles to the camera

USA's firm favourite Tatyana McFadden had to be content with second place with a time of 1:48:37, followed by compatriot Susannah Scaroni in third place with 1:51:37.