“I’ve been racing marathons around the world since 2013,” defending women’s champion Schär said in a press release. “To see what the London Marathon has done, and continues to do, to promote wheelchair racing should be a great example to society.”
She will start the race as favorite, befitting her status as the world’s leading female wheelchair racer since 2018, alongside Australia’s Paralympic champion Madison de Rozario who won the London Marathon in 2018.
Fellow former champions Nikita den Boer of the Netherlands and Tatyana McFadden of the USA will also compete
, making for a stacked field
“The London Marathon has for many years led the way in promoting, supporting and showcasing the very best wheelchair racers in the world,” event director Hugh Brasher said in a press release.
“We’re delighted to be doing this again by making this year’s wheelchair races the richest in history and welcoming the greatest wheelchair athlete field we have ever assembled.”
In the men’s race, Hug will be joined by 2019 champion Daniel Romanchuk of the USA and Britain’s eight-time champion David Weir.
“For the London Marathon to be taking a stand and increasing prize money for wheelchair athletes is really powerful and sets a benchmark for all sports globally,” Weir said in a press release.
“I really appreciate, and forever will, what the London Marathon is doing for the men’s and women’s wheelchair divisions.”
的 2022 London Marathon takes place on October 2.