Defending men’s champion Masazumi Soejima and the silver and bronze medalists in the 2012 London Paralympics women’s marathon, Shelly Woods and Sandra Graf, headline a deep list of international wheelchair competitors announced today for the ING New York City Marathon.
The addition of Woods and Graf gives the 2012 race all three women’s marathon medalists from the recently concluded Paralympics: U.S. contender Shirley Reilly, who was previously announced, won the gold medal in London.
Soejima, 42, of Japan, is a three-time Paralympian who placed fourth in the men’s marathon in London this summer. The 2011 Boston Marathon champion, Soejima won in New York last year for his fourth podium finish in five years.
Woods, 26, of Great Britain, has been runner-up in the ING New York City Marathon four times. In addition to her Paralympic silver medal this year, Woods also won the Virgin London Marathon.
Graf, 42, of Switzerland, won the Virgin London Marathon in 2008. A four-time Paralympian, Graf this year won her second Paralympic bronze medal in the marathon, after her first in 2008.
Also joining the field:
In addition to Reilly, U.S. contenders previously announced include defending ING New York City Marathon champion Amanda McGrory; Tatyana McFadden, who won four Paralympic medals in London; Josh George, Adam Bleakney, and Krige Schabort.
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Photo: Masazumi Soejima. Credit: PhotoRun/NYRR
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