CHICAGO (Reuters) – The participation of 27 Paralympians and a large building up in prize cash may just make Sunday’s Chicago Marathon wheelchair race probably the most aggressive but.
“Having 27 Paralympians is very large,” four-times Paralympian Tatyana McFadden, probably the most favorites, advised journalists at the eve of the race. “I believe it brings it to a complete different degree.”
The whole prize cash for the lads’s and ladies’s para-athletic box has been greater to $134,500 from $98,500 closing yr and the marathon will function the USA Paralympic Crew Trials for the second one time.
The marathon advantages from its proximity to the College of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the place one of the most international’s premier wheelchair athletes, together with McFadden, have educated.
The American will probably be up in opposition to returning champion Manuela Schar of Switzerland, who has loved a dream stretch of effects, successful in New York, Tokyo, Boston and London.
American Dan Romanchuk, who received right here closing yr on the age of 20 and changed into the youngest athlete to win the New York Marathon a month later, is without doubt one of the favorites at the males’s facet.
With any other yr’s revel in in festival, Romanchuk stated he had advanced his racing technique.
“I do know my limits greater than I did,” stated Romanchuk. “I believe coaching has been going smartly. I don’t love to make any assumptions about any race. We’ll see.”
Chicago race director Carey Pinkowski stated he was once inspired by way of Romanchuk’s bodily prowess and energy.
“Should you pay attention to the fellows at College of Illinois about what he does in coaching, how intense he’s -– he’s a tender man however he’s simply sturdy, he’s come storming on,” Pinkowski stated. “I believe he’s going to be the fellow for a very long time.”
Reporting By means of Amy Tennery; modifying by way of Clare Fallon