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Schär and Romanchuk return to defend London titles

The reigning Abbott World Marathon Majors wheelchair series champions will return to London in 2020 to defend their titles.

Manuela Schär and Daniel Romanchuk both won on The Mall in 2019 on their way to winning Series XII, and both have been dominating their sport in recent years.

Schär smashed her own world record at the end of 2019 when she clocked ‪1:35:42in Oita, having racked up nine consecutive AbbottWMM race victories, a run that stretches back to Berlin in 2018, where she had originally set the world record.

Romanchuk's rise to the top of the men's division has been rapid. The 21-year-old earned his first win in Chicago in 2018 and went on to take out New York City, Boston and London the following spring, before repeating his Chicago and New York victories in 2019.

Both athletes currently top their respective AbbottWMM leaderboards, with London serving as the fifth race of Series XIII. This edition will also incorporate the Paralympic wheelchair marathon before concluding with the fall Majors in Berlin and Chicago.

2020 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON WOMEN'S WHEELCHAIR FIELD

Name Country Class Personal best Manuela Schar SUI T54 01:28.17 Susannah Scaroni USA T54 01:33.17 Tatyana McFadden USA T54 01:35.05 Madison De Rozario AUS T54 01:39.22 Sandra Graf SUI T54 01:35.44 Christie Dawes AUS T54 01:37.14 Shelly Woods GBR T54 01:38.08 Margriet van den Broek NED T54 01:38.33 Zou Lihong CHN T54 01:38.44 Tsubasa Kina JAP T54 01:39.36

2020 VIRGIN MONEY LONDON MARATHON MEN'S WHEELCHAIR FIELD

Name Country Class Personal best Marcel Hug SUI T54 01:18.04 Ernst van Dyk RSA T54 01:18.04 Josh Cassidy CAN T54 01:18.25 Hiroyuki Yamamoto JPN T54 01:19.32 Heinz Frei SUI T53 01:20.14 Hiroki Nishida JPN T54 01:20.28 Daniel Romanchuk USA T54 01:21.36 Joshua George USA T54 01:21.47 Rafael Botello Jimenez ESP T54 01:22.09 David Weir GBR T54 01:26.17