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Weir Wins First New York Marathon

November 8, 2010

Paralympic champion David Weir claimed his first New York Marathon wheelchair title after edging out Japan’s Masazumi Soejima in a thilling finish.

The 31-year-old Briton surged past last year’s runner-up in the final 200 metres to win in a time of one hour 37 minutes 29 seconds.

The pair had broken away from the rest of the field around the 18-mile mark.

But there was disappointment for Shelly Woods who could only finish seventh in the women’s wheelchair race.

It was won by American Tatyana McFadden from compatriots Christina Ripp and Amanda McGrory.

In the men’s race, defending champion Kurt Fearnley took an early lead before London Marathon winner Josh Cassidy took over but Weir was never too far away from the action.

Fearnley’s challenge faded and Weir and Soejima broke away to fight it out for the win between them and it was the Briton who proved strongest in the push to the line.

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