BOSTON -- Japan's Hiroyuki Yamamoto sprinted to an early lead and cruised to a win in the Boston Marathon men's wheelchair race.
Yamamoto's won Monday's race in a time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 33 seconds, a minute and 39 seconds ahead of runner up and nine-time champion, Ernst Van Dyk, of South Africa.
Yamamoto's countryman, Kota Hokinoue, finished third, a second behind Van Dyk in 1 hour, 27 minutes and 13 seconds.
Yamamoto took control early, grabbing a 4-second lead about 3 miles in and increasing it to 17 seconds by the halfway point.
The win was well off the world record time of 1:18.25, set by Canada's Joshua Cassidy at last year's Boston Marathon. Cassidy finished eighth this year.
American Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair race in 1: 45.25.
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