London Marathon wheelchair clash prompts calls for change

London Marathon wheelchair clash prompts calls for change

There have been calls from the worlds of wheelchair and able-bodied athletics alike for a change in the way the London Marathon is staged after a clash between two competitors effectively ruined both of their races.

The Canadian Josh Cassidy, who was on course to challenge for the men's wheelchair title, was involved in a collision with the Ethiopian Olympic champion runner Tiki Gelana at around the 15km point of the April 21st event as the two groups of competitors reached the same point of the route.

Neither fully recovered from the time that was lost to the coming together and, although the pair did not blame one another, Cassidy in particular was quick to lambast organisers for refusing to stagger the starting times differently so that wheelchair racers and runners stop causing obstructions for each other every year.

Motability cars are a popular way for wheelchair users to travel long distances, but the 26 miles of the London Marathon provides a chance for those with mobility restrictions to prove their stamina and competitive spirit over the most demanding of courses. 


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