For 21-year-old Romanchuk, who qualified for
the U.S. Paralympic team at the Chicago Marathon last month, and
four-time Paralympian Schar, the New York City race capped a
year of professional transformation.
To clinch her ninth straight World Marathon Major, Schar took
the lead early and ripped apart the course, saying she had no
idea how much of a lead she had claimed until the end, despite
having a four-minute margin of victory.
"I'm always trying to pull away and go for a fast time," said
Schar, who finished in one hour, 44 minutes and 20 seconds. "I
had no idea if they're just behind me or if they're minutes away
or if they're getting closer or if I'm going away. It's
History repeated itself for Romanchuk, who battled against
Marcel Hug through much of the course before a sprint to the
finish to beat his Swiss competitor by one second, as he did in
"It was a very tight finish," said Romanchuk, who like Schar was
fresh off of winning the Chicago Marathon. "As it got later in
the race, there's just more and more people catching up and
making a bigger group, and then things got a little bit more
(Reporting By Amy Tennery; Editing by Christian Radnedge)
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