It was the closest finish in Boston Marathon
Amidst more than 10,000 competitors, two wheelchair champions exemplified what marathons are all about. After more than 26 miles it was no longer a race against the clock, it was a race against each other.
Nobody could have predicted the close finish after the course's grueling hills in Newton. Defending women's wheelchair division champion Louise Sauvage was so far in back of leader Jean Driscoll she couldn't even see her in the distance.
So imagine Driscoll's surprise on the home stretch, when the seven-time champion saw Sauvage surge into view. With 70 yards left, however, Driscoll still held tight to her lead. But in the race's final second Sauvage lunged past Driscoll to capture the 102nd Boston Marathon with a time of 1:41.19. Driscoll's time was recorded as the same.
The day after the race Sauvage, 24, who lives in Sydney and holds four women's wheelchair world records spoke with John Gettings of the Information Please sports staff before heading home.
For the last two years you and Jean have been a part of arguably the most memorable moments of the race. Is it a coincidence or are the two of you just looking for some big-time endorsement deals?
No, it was definitely not planned, (laughs). If it was I would have gone past her a lot earlier. That (finish) was a lot closer than I would have wanted it.
Have you seen a replay of the end of the race yet?
Yes. I've seen it on the news a few times. It was cool. I couldn't wait to see it. I couldn't tell then how close it was. It was such a short distance and it all happened so quickly I wanted to see how it actually all happened.
What did Jean say to you immediately after the race?
She just said she didn't know that I was there. She was just in shock after the race. She handled herself really well. She's an amazing athlete. She knows what happened is just part of racing. Looking back I could see that she was lifting up her arms to go through the tape, and I got in there before her.