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Training wipe-out can’t stop Van Dyk’s surge to silver

By Mark Etheridge

New York Marathon runner-up Ernst van Dyk has revealed that he raced to silver on Sunday despite the fact that he was in severe pain after a training wipe-out two days before the race.

Van Dyk was edged for gold by Switzerland’s Marcel Hug in 1hr 40min 14sec for the 42.2-kilometre standard marathon distance through New York’s five boroughs.

“I had a serious wipe-out while going along at 45km/h on Friday,” he told Road to Rio 2016. “I ended up with some sore ribs and a badly bruised bicep and forearmÔǪ as if I needed a handicap for this race!

“But it was just a freak accident and there wasn’t much I could do to avoid it, other than staying in bed all day.”

On the race itself (see the finish to the right) Van Dyk says it was as tough as he had expected.”There was crazy wind involved, a good thing then that the wind was hammering us in the Cape┬á during my last two weeks of training so I was ready for it.

“I felt comfortable most for most of the race but this is such a difficult course and my ribs were hurting big time! There were four of us in the group most of the time with the one Japanese coming and going. Some good attacks and surges kept things very interesting.

“Coming into the finish I could not quite remember the run up to the finish as it has been three years since I raced here and with hindsight I maybe went a bit early giving Marcel a good lead out.

“He’s the 2013 marathon world champ so I don’t feel too bad losing to him ÔÇô for a guy who is actually specialising in handcycling. I hit the podium in our four major marathons for the year with second in boston, third in London, first in Chicago and now second in New York, so realistically it’s been a very good season.”

Van Dyk now returns to Cape Town for a bit of recuperation after a season to remember.


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