Marcel Hug of Switzerland won for the fifth time in the men’s wheelchair race for the New York City Marathon, surpassing the previous record on Sunday and tying Kurt Fearnley for the most victories in the category’s history.
Hug beat the previous record of 1:29.22 established by Australian Fearnley in 2006 by completing the 26.2-mile race across all five boroughs of New York in 1 hour, 25 minutes, and 26 seconds.
Hug also won the competition the previous year and received $50,000 for breaking the previous record. He finished well more than two minutes ahead of Illinois’ Daniel Romanchuk, who came in second.
Hug, 36, who goes by the moniker “The Silver Bullet,” has had quite the run recently, taking home four gold medals at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2018 and also triumphing in the Tokyo, Berlin, London, and Chicago Marathons in 2022.
Hug took first place on a hot day when the mercury was predicted to surge into the 70s and probably break the record for the hottest race since the marathon moved to November 1986.
Hug stated Thursday that warm weather is favorable for wheelchair racers, which may not benefit the 50,000 runners.
The marathon hadn’t been at full capacity since the outbreak until this point.