By Karen Price | Oct. 07, 2018, 11:04 a.m. (ET)

Daniel Romanchuk competes at the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 on Sept. 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

 

Paralympian Daniel Romanchuk just edged defending champion Marcel Hug to win the Chicago Marathon and claim his first major marathon victory in the men’s wheelchair division Sunday. 

The 20-year-old, who has been considered a rising star on the scene for some time, cemented his place as one of the top racers in the game today with his victory, beating a stacked field with a time of 1 hour, 31 minutes, 34 seconds. 

Hug, of Switzerland, finished one second back in 1:31:35 with Great Britain’s David Weir in third with a time of 1:31:43. 

Want to learn to curl like the pros? Looking for breaking news, videos, Olympic and Paralympic team bios all at your fingertips? Download the Team USA app today. 

Romanchuk, a University of Illinois student, led late in the race then dropped down to third at the 40K mark to set up a big finish. Romanchuk and Hug sprinted over the final 100 meters with Romanchuk outdueling the 2017 champion. 

Romanchuk was third at the Boston Marathon and London Marathon this year and had previously finished in the top 10 at the Chicago Marathon. 

A total of 22 Paralympians from 10 countries competed in the men’s and women’s divisions. 

Manuela Schar of Switzerland won the women’s division.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.