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Paralympic golden boy Hug looking to maintain form into London

The newly crowned Paralympic marathon champion Marcel Hug (SUI) will be the man to beat as he comes off a dominant Games in Tokyo.

Hug won an incredible four gold medals at the Paralympics in the 800m, 1,500m, ,5000m and defending the marathon title he won in Rio five years earlier.

The ‘Silver Bullet’ has not always had it his own way on the streets of London, however, with two wins to his name, the last of which came in 2016. Since then he has had three second places and a third last year.

The men who beat him on each of those past four editions of London are back in the field this year, including Britain’s David Weir, who is incredibly racing in his 22nd consecutive London Marathon.

Weir is the most decorated athlete in London Marathon history with eight wins and although he was disappointed with his performances at the Tokyo Paralympics, he will not be underestimated by his rivals on his home roads.

Last year’s winner Brent Lakatos (CAN), who won a silver in the T54 5,000m behind Hug in Tokyo, returns and will be one to watch if it comes down to a sprint on The Mall.

Meanwhile, Daniel Romanchuk (USA), who won the last time the Virgin Money London Marathon took place on its traditional route, returns looking to rediscover the form of 2019 when he not only won in London but in Boston, Chicago and New York too.