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SASCOC applauds Van Dyk for winning a record 10 titles
- Updated: April 22, 2014
The South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has congratulated Paralympian wheelchair racer and handcyclist, Ernst van Dyk who made history on Monday by winning a record 10th wheelchair title in the Boston Marathon.
Van Dyk crossed the finish line in one hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds and holds the record for the most Boston Marathon wins.
Some of Van Dyk’s achievements include: Being awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportsperson with a Disability in 2006, winning a bronze medal in the 400m at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, silver medalin the 800m at the 2004 Summer Paralympics, another silver in the 1500m, and a bronze in the 5000m.
He also won a gold medal in the handcycling road race at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Beijing as well as bronze in the wheelchair marathon. At the last Paralympics, in London two years ago, Van Dyk won silver in the road race.
Says SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy: Well done to Ernst van Dyk for such a great performance at the Boston Marathon. You continue to fly the South African flag high and this is a positive outcome on our road to Rio in 2016. We are positive you will continue to perform exceptionally going forward.
Van Dyk is a six-time Paralympian athlete who has competed in three different sports swimming, athletics and cycling.