Elite wheelchair race: Nikita Den Boer claims surprise victory against Manuela Schär - Women's Running

Elite wheelchair race: Nikita Den Boer claims surprise victory against Manuela Schär

Author: Holly Taylor

Read Time:   |  October 4, 2020

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Dutch athlete Nikita Den Boer claimed an unexpected victory in the elite women’s wheelchair race today, as Swiss racer Manuela Schär had a tough day.

Schär and Den Boer stuck together for the majority of the race, before Den Boer picked up the pace and broke away during the penultimate sprint section. This is where Schär seemed to struggle, and as her cadence stagnated and she seemed unable to match her competitor’s speed. Prior to the race, she had been open about her dislike for competing in wet weather.

A tearful Den Boer told the BBC that she was “really, really happy” with her PB, pointing out her lack of grip due to the wet weather. When asked how it felt to beat Schär she became overwhelmed.

In the men’s race Canadian Brent Lakatos took the win, just beating Britain’s David Weir by 2 seconds. Weir was making his return to the London Marathon after a tough year, battling an illness and being open about his mental health struggles. The eight-time winner put in a great performance to take home the silver medal, and congratulated Lakatos on his win at the finish line.

Weir acknowledged the tough conditions and celebrated Lakatos’ incredibly strong sprints throughout the race in a BBC interview after the race. He also stated that he much preferred point-to-point racing in comparison to circuit laps.

Image courtesy of London Marathon Events

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Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor

Holly Taylor is the digital editor of Women’s Running and co-host of the Women’s Running podcast, where she shares her running journey as well as the inspiring stories of women runners all over the country. She’s never been the sporty type, but running is the first time she’s felt real joy in getting active. She loves talking about running with a community of inclusive and supportive runners, and Women's Running is the perfect space for this. She's currently aiming for a half marathon PB!

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