Boston Marathon wheelchair athletes race to the finish

Marcel Hug of Switzerland crosses the finish line ahead of Kurt Fearnley of Australia (C) and Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa (R) to win the men's wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Marcel Hug of Switzerland crosses the finish line ahead of Kurt Fearnley of Australia (C) and Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa (R) to win the men’s wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

It was one of the closest finishes for the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon! Last year’s winner, Marcel Hug, barely won it out in front of Kurt Fearnley and Earnst Van Dyk in the 26.1-mile race.

According to Boston.com, “Hug, of Switzerland, crossed the finish line in 1:24:01, one second ahead of South Africa’s Ernst Van Dyk, 1:24:02, and two seconds ahead of Australia’s Kurt Fearnley, 1:24:03. Hug won with a time of 1:29:53 in 2015.”

Take a look at the story and watch the video of the photo-finish win.

Tatyana McFadden was the female winner in the wheelchair division with a time of 1:42:16. McFadden, who is a native of Russia, now resides in the United States. In a People Magazine article, it notes, “She’s the first person to ever win all four of the world’s major marathons in London, Boston, Chicago and New York.”

McFadden competes in the London Marathon next week and will participate in track and field events at the 2016 Paralympics this summer. Read more about McFadden in this article.

I am absolutely amazed at the strength, both physically emotionally, of these athletes as they overcome the barriers they face.

Michael Jordan once said, “Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen!” I can definitely say these athletes are making it happen!

Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Md., crosses the finish line to win the women's wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Tatyana McFadden, of Clarksville, Md., crosses the finish line to win the women’s wheelchair division of the 120th Boston Marathon on Monday, April 18, 2016, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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About Tuesday Talk With Alex

Born in Charleston, SC, I was injured in a motor vehicle accident when I was nine months old. I acquired a C5-C6 spinal cord injury. I'm now 30 years old and I do not let my disability deter me from acheiving my goals and enjoying life. I will be sharing my experience of living with a spinal cord injury.
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