Wheelchair athlete wins first world title

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — People are proud to be represented by a Parkland college student with another victory under his belt.

Daniel Romanchuk won the Boston Marathon earlier this year. He had already won the Chicago and New York marathons before that. This is Romanchuk’s first world title.

He’s taking a break for now, from marathons anyway. Romanchuk just returned from London at midnight. He already set his person best in Boston at 1:21.

He didn’t beat that in London. Instead he crossed the finish line at 1:33. Romanchuk won third place in last year’s London Marathon.

He says it was a tight race right up until the end this time around. It was between him and a racer from Switzerland and another from Japan up until about 600-meters to go.

Romanchuk says he wouldn’t be where he is without a lot of people behind him. Romanchuk started training to race when he was only 2. Now, he trains at UI through its wheelchair racing program.

He’s a student at Parkland, but hopes to attend UI in the fall. Next, he’s headed to a few smaller races; one in Indianapolis and other in Grand Rapids.

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