Marcel Hug and Susannah Scaroni claim victory in Boston ahead of the 2023 TCS London Marathon
On Monday 17 April, just six days before this year’s TCS London Marathon, some of the world’s greatest marathoners completed the 26.2-mile distance from Hopkinton to Boylston Street at the 2023 Boston Marathon.
This event was the 127th running of the Boston Marathon, one of the six Abbott World Marathon Majors (AbbottWMM) alongside the TCS London Marathon, Tokyo Marathon, BMW Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and TCS New York City Marathon.
In the men’s wheelchair race, now-fabled athlete Marcel Hug cemented both his sixth win in Boston and a new course record, shattering his own previous best by almost a minute with a remarkable time of 1:17:06. This keeps the Swiss ‘Silver Bullet’ top of this year’s AbbottWMM Series XV tables, with his 33 points maintaining his clear lead over second-place Tomoki Suzuki of Japan.
Hug is also the reigning champion of the TCS London Marathon, having set yet another course record of 1:24:38 in 2022. He will be back in a bid to retain his London title this Sunday.
Despite stopping mid-race to fix her wheel, American Susannah Scaroni won the women’s wheelchair race in 1:41:45 – her first ever victory in Boston. Like Hug, Scaroni will also be taking on the 2023 TCS London Marathon this Sunday and looking to do some damage, with the aim of scoring pivotal points that can move her up the AbbottWMM Series XV rankings.
Meanwhile, in the elite men’s race, Evans Chebet secured his second consecutive Boston Marathon win, breaking the tape in a mighty time of 2:05:54. However, the Kenyan’s success was met with shock as marathon world record holder and countryman Eliud Kipchoge fell short of his winning streak. Slipping behind around the 20-mile mark at – fittingly – Heartbreak Hill after missing a drinks station, Kipchoge was unable to regain his initial lead. He finished in sixth place.
The women’s elite race saw a tight lead pack up to the end, with Hellen Obiri eventually breaking free for the final part of the race to claim first place in 2:21:38. The two-time Olympic silver medallist in the 5000m truly owned the marathon distance on Monday, conquering the rolling hills that Boston puts on show.
To view the full start lists and bios for the athletes racing the 2023 TCS London Marathon on Sunday 23 April, visit our online Media Guide.