5 things to know about Daniel Romanchuk, the 2019 Boston Marathon men's wheelchair winner

Daniel Romanchuk blazed to the finish line of the 2019 Boston Marathon on Monday, winning the men’s wheelchair race with an official time of 1:21:36, according to WBZ .

With his victory, Romanchuk became the youngest push rim race winner in Boston Marathon history and the first US men’s wheelchair champion since 1993, according to the BAA .

AdvertisementRomanchuk is a student at the University of Illinois, and according to race-day commentary from WBZ’s Christina Hagar, he has had to ask his professors for permission to miss class for races.

According to Runner’s World , Romanchuk started training with an adaptive sports program in Baltimore at age 2 and participated in his first track meet at age 6, after which he began to set records for his age group.

Romanchuk propels himself forward with his powerful arms, with a wingspan that measures 6 feet, 10 inches, according to Runner’s World .

His hands are so large, as well, that he had his gloves custom-made using a 3-D printer, according to race-day commentary on WBZ.

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