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Tsuchida sets mark in women's wheelchair race

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  April 18, 2011 11:00 AM

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Wakako Tsuchida of Japan won the Boston Marathon's women's wheelchair division in a record time of 1 hour 34 minutes 6 seconds.

She was greeted at the finish line by Jean Driscoll, who set the previous record in 1994 with a time of 1:34:22.

The victory is Tsuchida's fifth in Boston. Driscoll has won a record eight, including seven straight from 1990-96.

Tsuchida said she thought of her country, which was devastated by last month's earthquake and tsunami, often.

"During the hard times when I wanted to give up, or felt down, that's when I felt the courage from the people back home," Tsuchida said through a translator.

Americans Shirley Reilly and Christina Ripp were second and third, within a second of each other, but nearly seven minutes behind Tsuchida.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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