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David Weir Denied Wheelchair Marathon Win By Flat Tyre

April 25, 2010

Britain’s David Weir was denied a fifth London Marathon win after a flat tyre allowed Canada’s Josh Cassidy to overhaul him in the wheelchair race.

The Londoner, who lost in a sprint finish to Australian Kurt Fearnley last year, had dominated from halfway after breaking free of Japan’s Kota Hokinoue.

But a 30-second lead vanished as Cassidy and Switzerland’s Marcel Hug took advantage to take pass Weir.

Cassidy’s London debut win came in one hour 35 minutes and 21 seconds.


Japan’s Wakako Tsuchida won the women’s race ahead of Swiss Sandra Graf.

The pair edged out defending champion Amanda McGrory in a sprint finish, but Britain’s Shelley Woods, who had led earlier in the race, dropped out of contention before the final stages.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Michael Hutton permalink
    May 1, 2010 5:57 pm

    If punctures are bad news for a wheelchair athlete, why not use the ‘Gunk’ used by off-road cyclists in their tyres?

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