OTTAWA – Marcel Hug of Switzerland and Amanda McGrory of the U.S. showed why they are two of the greatest wheelchair racers in history with victories Thursday morning at the Rolling Rampage 10 kilometre event held on Parliament Hill.
Josh Cassidy at Rolling Rampage (photo CPC)
Hug tailed Canada’s Josh Cassidy through 17 of 18 laps before making his move to claim the victory in 22 minutes and 55.66 seconds under sunny skies and mild temperatures in the Canadian capital.
Tomoki Suzuki of Japan was second in 22:56.77 while Krige Schabort of South Africa edged Cassidy for bronze in 23:02.00. Cassidy was fourth.
‘’This was my first time here and I found the course really tricky,’’ said Hug, an eight-time Paralympic Games medallist including the marathon gold in Rio last year. ‘’I stayed a bit behind Josh who raced great and was very fast in the corners.’’
Cassidy, a two-time winner of the event, led almost the entire race before he ran out of gas.
‘’This is a city that’s important to me and I always give my best,’’ said Cassidy, 32, an Ottawa native. ‘’I tried to use my experience to my advantage and I have no regrets with how I raced. It’s a challenging course but that’s what makes it exciting.’'
McGrory was also in a tight race with Madison DeRozario of Australia in the women’s 10 kilometre. The seven-time American Paralympic medallist made a dash in the final uphill climb to pull away from her rival.
Five-time Paralympic medallist Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., was third.