UNBEATEN HUG EYES MAJORS VICTORY AS WHEELCHAIR SERIES RESUMES IN BERLIN
Unbeaten leader Marcel Hug will be looking to extend his hold over the Abbott World Marathon Majors Wheelchair standings when the global series for elite marathon racers resumes at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON this Sunday Sept. 25.
Hug has chalked up three wins from three races so far in Series X, which started at the 2016 Boston Marathon, and will contest all three of the upcoming autumn Majors in Berlin, Chicago and New York over the next six weeks.
The Swiss star, nicknamed the Silver Bullet because of his gleaming helmet, has been in golden form over the last five months. In Boston he beat South Africa's Ernst van Dyk and Australian Kurt Fearnley to the 25 winner's points in a three-way blanket finish before outpacing Fearnley and Britain's six-times winner David Weir at the Virgin Money London Marathon six days later.
Unbowed by expectations, he then powered away from Fearnley to take Paralympic gold in Rio last Sunday after the pair had pushed together for 35km in the sapping heat alongside Copacabana Beach.
He now sits 34 points clear of the Australian on top of the men's leaderboard with 75 points to his name. With each racer's top five results from the eight events of the 12-month Series' to count, Hug could seal overall victory in the next two weeks with wins in Berlin and Chicago.
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