One of Top End’s star athletes snatched victory at his first London Marathon yesterday on the manufacturer’s most advanced racing chair to date.
20-year-old American Daniel Romanchuk beat stiff competition including the likes of Britiain’s David Weir, who finished fifth.
On the back of his Boston Marathon victory two weeks ago, Romanchuk won the men’s wheelchair race in a time of one hour 33 minutes and 38 seconds.
Romanchuk is a Top End sponsored athlete and competed the race in a carbon fibre Eliminator NRG racing chair, which is the manufacturer’s lightest, stiffest and most responsive chair.
Top End is owned by global supplier Invacare and specialises in a range of racing, sports and hand cycle chairs.
The Eliminator NRG has a fully carbon fibre frame and a 200g full carbon fork designed to maximise the chairs aerodynamic capabilities.
Last year’s victor, David Weir, was taking part in his 20th London Marathon but failed to make the top three after his training in the run-up to the race was marred by a car crash and illness. Britain’s Johnboy Smith came 11th.
The women’s race was won by Switzerland’s Manuela Schar, who cruised to victory after winning marathons in Berlin, Chicago, New York and Tokyo. She completed the race in one hour 44 minutes nine seconds.
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