Weir fourth in first Boston Marathon

Wheelchair racer David Weir

Weir was making his first appearance on the Boston course

Paralympic champion David Weir warmed up for Sunday’s London Marathon with fourth place in his inaugural Boston Marathon.

Weir finished in a time of 1:26.17, just over two minutes behind the winner Marcel Hug of Switzerland (1:24.06).

Hug edged out South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk and Australia’s Kurt Fearnley in a sprint finish.

American Tatyana McFadden maintained her dominance to win her fourth women’s title in a row.

Weir will be bidding for a record seventh title in London next weekend but will again be up against Hug, van Dyk and Fearnley in a strong field.

The 36-year-old equalled Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of six London victories in 2012, and since then has finished fifth in 2013, was beaten by Hug in 2014 and lost out to Joshua George 12 months ago.

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