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Mount Airy's Daniel Romanchuk secures world title with men's wheelchair victory at London Marathon

Mount Airy's Daniel Romanchuk secures world title with men's wheelchair victory at London Marathon
Daniel Romanchuk of the United States crosses the finish line to win fist place in the men's wheelchair race of the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alastair Grant / AP)

Maryland native Daniel Romanchuk added another major title to his growing collection with a victory in the men's wheelchair race at the London Marathon on Sunday.

Romanchuk, who who grew up in Mount Airy and started training with an adaptive sports program in Baltimore at age 2, won titles in Chicago and New York last fall before securing a historic victory in Boston two weeks ago with the fastest time ever by an American.

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He finished ahead of Switzerland's Marcel Hug on Sunday with a time of 1 hour, 33 minutes and 38 seconds. The race doubled up as the World Para Athletics Marathon Championships, meaning Romanchuk was also crowned world champion.

"I am struggling to find the words. This past year has been amazing," Romanchuk told BBC Sport.

Romanchuk, a student at Parkland Community College, in Champaign, Illinois, became a world champion for the first time last year when he won the Chicago Marathon men’s wheelchair race Oct. 7.

“He’s frightening to be honest,” eight-time London men’s wheelchair champion David Weir said of Romanchuk to The Telegraph. “He seems to have everything in his locker and seems to have mastered it an early age.

“As long as he stays injury free I don’t think anyone will be able to touch him for a number of years. It’s going to take a lot to stop him.”

The women's wheelchair race was won comfortably by Switzerland's Manuela Schar, the 2017 champion, in in 1:44:09.

American Tatyana McFadden, an Atholton graduate and four-time London champion, finished second, 5:33 behind Schar.

Britain's Prince Harry, center, poses with the men's wheelchair race winner Daniel Romanchuk of the United States, left, and women's wheelchair race winner Switzerland's Manuela Schar, right, at the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019.
Britain's Prince Harry, center, poses with the men's wheelchair race winner Daniel Romanchuk of the United States, left, and women's wheelchair race winner Switzerland's Manuela Schar, right, at the 39th London Marathon in London, Sunday, April 28, 2019. (Alastair Grant / AP)
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