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Van Dyk victorious in Boston to make it a record 10th
- Updated: April 21, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
He may have suffered from a cold before his third place in last week’s London Marathon but our ace wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk was red-hot on Monday as he dashed to a record-breaking 10th spot in the Boston Marathon.
Unlike so many wheelchair races which come down to a sprint finish, Van Dyk was always in charge as he came home to rapturous applause in a time of 1hr 20min 36sec.
That was the Paarl-based athlete’s second quickest time for the iconic marathon, only bettered by his time of 1:18:27 in 2004 when he again got a good break and held on for victory.
Second, a long way back on Monday, was Japan’s Kota Hokinoue of Japan, 38 seconds adrift.
Meanwhile, New York Marathon bronze medallist Lusapho April, ended 15th in the elite men’s event in a time of 2:14.59.
The Eastern Cape athlete was unable to make an impression on American winner Meb Keflezighi who won in 2:08:37, the first American to win since 1983.
The win by an American was a huge boost to the morale of the Americans after the event was rocked by bomb blasts at the finish line last year, an event that saw Van Dyk and fellow South African Rene Kalmer hard hit emotionally by the shocking events.