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Boston Marathon wheelchair champ Marcel Hug may have crossed the line with a comfortable lead, but a wrong turn most likely cost him $68,000.
Hug was already in front of the pack and was setting such a good time he was on track to break his own record.
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Any course record at the Boston Marathon earns the participant $USS 50,000 ($AUD 68,000).
However, Hug forgot to turn right onto Hereford and followed the vehicle up Commonwealth Avenue.
Hug still won his fifth title in Boston with a time of 1:18:11 after tailing the vehicle in the wrong direction.
The prize money was still worth $34,000.
He set the course record of 1:18:04 in 2017.
"I would say it cost me 20 seconds and it should have been possible to get the record, for sure," he said.
"It should not have happened. It's my fault. I was just focusing on my performance. I didn't think about that. It's sad, but it happens."
Hug later added there were some mixed emotions over his mistake, despite still winning the record.
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“It’s a little both, it’s a mixture,” he added when asked about the victory.
“At the moment I’m really upset. I hope in an hour, two hours, I’ll feel more happy. I know the performance was good, I’m very happy, very satisfied.”
Kenya complete sweep at Boston Marathon
Kenya's Benson Kipruto won the men's race and Diana Kipyogei led a Kenyan sweep of the women's podium at the Boston Marathon, each picking up their first-ever major title.
Temperatures hovered around 15.6C as the professional men's and women's groups took off from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, under humid conditions for the 125th running of the world's oldest annual marathon.
Organisers pushed the race back from its usual April date due to the Covid-19 pandemic and made other adjustments to the race, including capping participation to 20,000 entrants and requiring either a Covid-19 vaccine or proof of a negative test.
The change in date made for a tight autumn racing schedule, with the London Marathon pushed back from its usual April running to October 3 and the Chicago Marathon moving forward as planned to October 10.
The race was cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic.
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