Less than a week after bombings marred the Boston Marathon, the London Marathon on Sunday went off without a hitch – almost.
The Associated Press reports the one blot on a day marked by the defiance of athletes and spectators in the bright London sunshine involved last summer’s Olympic women’s champion and Josh Cassidy, Canada’s top wheelchair racer who trains a couple of days a week in Guelph.
Ethiopian Tiki Gelana ended up finishing 16th after seeing her hopes thwarted by a collision with Cassidy about a third of the way into the race as Gelana went to get a drink.
“Every year we come to overtake the women, there’s 10 chairs going at 20 m.p.h. and the poor women are scrambling to find their feet,” said Cassidy, who finished 20th. “I have a brand new $2,000 pair of wheels that are damaged. Who’s going to pay for them? Things have to change.”