Riverside, California 2021-10-11 15:53:07 –
After making the wrong turn near the end of the Boston Marathon, the winner of the men’s wheelchair race failed to win the $ 50,000 bonus by 7 seconds.
Boston — Marathon Hug, the men’s wheelchair champion of the 125th Boston Marathon, always remembers what the locals say when discussing the final miles of the race.
“Turn right at Hereford and left at Boylston.”
Unfortunately for the hug, he didn’t make that right turn. Instead, he followed Commonwealth Avenue with the lead vehicle before returning to Hereford Street.
Hug won $ 25,000 in his fifth Boston Marathon title at a record pace on Monday morning. However, he lost the $ 50,000 bonus that came with the course record.
The 35-year-old hug from Switzerland finished in 1 hour 18 minutes 11 seconds. He set a course record of 1:18:04 in 2017.
“It took me 20 seconds and I should have got the record,” he said.
“It shouldn’t have happened. It’s my fault,” he said. “I was focused on my performance. I wasn’t thinking about it. Sadly, it happens.”
T-shirts are available in traditional blue and yellow colors that span the finish line of Boylston Street, capturing the phrase of the last mile of the race.
“I went straight behind the lead car instead of turning right,” Hug said.
The hug was part of the Swiss sweep in the wheelchair sector. Manuela Schär, 36, won the women’s category at 1:35:21 and won $ 25,000.
“Yes, that makes the race even better,” she said. “It was great to do it with Marcel.”
The victory has become a bit bittersweet for the hug.
“It’s a little both, it’s a mix,” he said when asked if he was disappointed or happy with the victory. “At this point, I’m really upset. I hope I’ll be happier in an hour or two. I know the performance was good. I’m very happy and very happy.”
But that’s a costly turn he remembers. Maybe phrases too.
“It’s my fault,” he said. “I have to go right, but I chased the car.”
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