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Yamamoto wins Boston Marathon men's wheelchair

Published April 15, 2013 9:15 am
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Boston • Japan's Hiroyuki Yamamoto sprinted to an early lead and cruised to a win in the Boston Marathon men's wheelchair race.

Yamamoto's won Monday's race in a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 33 seconds, a minute and 39 seconds ahead of runner up and nine-time champion, Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa.

Yamamoto's countryman, Kota Hokinoue, finished third, a second behind Van Dyk in 1 hour, 27 minutes and 13 seconds

Yamamoto took control of the race early, grabbing a 4-second lead about 3 miles in, increasing it to 17 seconds by the halfway point and expanding it from there.

The win was well off the world record time of 1:18.25, set by Canada's Joshua Cassidy at last year's Boston Marathon.

Cassidy finished eighth this year.

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