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- Updated: April 27, 2009
Just a week after winning the Boston Marathon for a record eighth time, South Africa’s Paralympic hero Ernst van Dyk finished third in the London Marathon, in the closest finish of the race’s history.
Australia’s Kurt Fearnley won the men’s wheelchair race in a course record, narrowly edging out arch rival David Weir of Britain.
Double Paralympic marathon champion Fearnley was awarded victory after clocking 1hr 28min 57sec, the same time awarded to Weir, who was aiming for his fifth London title and fourth in a row.
Weir and Van Dyk moved clear early from a field widely considered one of the best in a wheelchiar marathon.
But Fearnley hauled himself back into contention towards the half-way point, in the company of world record holder Heinz Frei. By the time the leaders reached the Embankment, 32km in, the leading group was down to three of Weir, Van Dyjk and Fearnley, setting up another tense finish.