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Hug and Debrunner win Marathon wheelchair races

Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner celebrating at the London Marathon finish line
Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner celebrating at the London Marathon finish line Image credit: bbc.co.uk

Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner have won the men's and women’s London Marathon wheelchair races.

Hug crossed the finish line in one hour, 24 minutes and 38 seconds ahead of American Daniel Romanchuck and Great Britain’s David Weir who finished second and third respectively.

Hug defended his 2021 crown, making it his fourth win.

Debrunner, 27, won her first London Marathon in one hour, 38 minutes and 24 seconds, just one week after she came first in Berlin’s Marathon last week.

She told BBC Sport: "It's been a crazy year for me.

"I did Berlin for the first time and it was such a great adventure and experience. I knew London would be a different route, a difficult one with lots of turns.

"It was the toughest race I've ever done. I worked really hard in the summer and saw a big progression but I never expected to win the marathons. It's quite cheeky but unbelievable."

Hug, 36, said:  "To be honest it was tough, it was one of the toughest marathons for a long time.

"I tried everything to break away from Daniel but no chance, he was too strong. In the end I'm very happy that I could make the sprint finish first.

"I tried not to let him lead, tried to make him tired and keep up the pace."

Marcel Hug and Catherine Debrunner both won £29,300 for winning the London Marathon 2022.