Daniel Romanchuk blazed to the finish line of the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday, winning the men’s wheelchair race with an official time of 1:21:36, according to WBZ .
With his victory, Romanchuk became the youngest push rim race winner in Boston Marathon history and the first US men’s wheelchair champion since 1993, according to the BAA .
AdvertisementRomanchuk is a student at the University of Illinois, and according to race-day commentary from WBZ’s Christina Hagar, he has had to ask his professors for permission to miss class for races.
According to Runner’s World , Romanchuk started training with an adaptive sports program in Baltimore at age 2 and participated in his first track meet at age 6, after which he began to set records for his age group.
Romanchuk propels himself forward with his powerful arms, with a wingspan that measures 6 feet, 10 inches, according to Runner’s World .
His hands are so large, as well, that he had his gloves custom-made using a 3-D printer, according to race-day commentary on WBZ.
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