Sunday, April 14, 2024

London Marathon 2024: Equal prize cash for wheelchair and able-bodied races

The London Marathon is to develop into the primary marathon on this planet to supply equal prize cash for its wheelchair and able-bodied races.

A rise of $54,500 (£43,000) has taken the wheelchair prize fund to $308,000 (£243,000) – matching that accessible to the able-bodied athletes.

All winners within the elite races of this yr’s London Marathon will obtain $55,000 (£43,500).

The 2024 London Marathon takes place on Sunday, 21 April.

The London Marathon wheelchair races, received by Switzerland’s five-time champion Marcel Hug and Australia’s Madison de Rozario final yr, have been already the richest on this planet.

London Marathon occasion director Hugh Brasher mentioned: “We’re delighted to proceed our dedication to incapacity sport with this landmark transfer that ensures the prize cash accessible to our elite wheelchair athletes is strictly the identical as for these within the able-bodied elite races.

“Now we have made nice strides in recent times in direction of our ambition to make the London Marathon essentially the most numerous and equitable marathon on this planet and that is one other vital step in direction of attaining that objective.”

Within the males’s race, British wheelchair racing legend David Weir – essentially the most adorned athlete within the occasion’s historical past with a complete of eight wins – is because of compete in his twenty fifth consecutive London Marathon.

The 44-year-old, fifth final yr, mentioned: “It is a very thrilling yr for me and for wheelchair racing. Once more, London Marathon has set the bar for parity throughout the racing divisions.

“This can be a big benchmark for incapacity sport and I hope different races and sporting our bodies can take be aware.”

Within the males’s race, Hug will search his fourth straight win in London, with competitors coming from different main names together with American Daniel Romanchuk and Dutchman Jetze Plat.

The previous 4 winners of the ladies’s race all return in 2024 as reigning champion De Rozario comes up towards Switzerland’s Catherine Debrunner and Manuela Schar, and Nikita den Boer of the Netherlands.

They’re joined by Eden Rainbow-Cooper, 22, who was the primary Briton dwelling in seventh final yr following a third-place end in 2022.

The boys’s and ladies’s able-bodied elite fields will probably be introduced on Monday.

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