James Senbeta crossed the finish line of the Cooper River Bridge Run last year without any competitors around him, but Saturday was a fight to the finish.

Senbeta, of Savoy, Illinois, pushed past Krige Schabort in the final stretch of the race to win the wheelchair division of the Cooper River Bridge Run with a time of 25 minutes, 15 seconds. A mere eight tenths of a second later, Schabort crossed the finish line himself. 

Senbeta beat his time from last year's bridge run, where he won in 25 minutes, 30 seconds.

But Senbeta also knows what it's like to come so close to victory only to come in second place. In 2015, Senbeta  lost in the last stretch of the race to Alexandre Dupont. The difference between first and second place in that race was .06 seconds.

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Caitlin Byrd is a political reporter at The Post and Courier and author of the Palmetto Politics newsletter. Before moving to Charleston in 2016, her byline appeared in the Asheville Citizen-Times. To date, Byrd has won 17 awards for her work.