Boston Marathon will serve as qualifier for 2020 Paralympics

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BOSTON (AP)The Boston Marathon will serve as qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics.

The top two American men and women who meet the qualifying standards in the arm or vision impairment classifications will be nominated to the U.S. team for the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Boston was the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division in 1975. Organizers had previously announced a revamped Para Athletics Division that will award a total of $16,500 in prize money and spots on the podium to winners in vision, upper limb and lower limb impairment categories.

The 124th running of the Boston Marathon will be April 20.

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