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Champion Van Dyk crashes in Chicago warm-up
- Updated: October 12, 2014
South Africa’s wheelchair marathon ace Ernst van Dyk will take on Sunday’s Chicago Marathon shaken but not stirred, writes Mark Etheridge.
That’s after the Paralympic legend crashed in his warm-up event in Canada a few days back.
The defending Chicago Marathon champ told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I
always do a 10km in Ottawa as a warm-up for Chicago.
‘This time it poured with rain and I missed a corner and went straight into a fence! The front wheel and fork messed up but I got some new parts sent overnight from my sponsor to the hotel in Chicago.
‘So besides a bit of whiplash and a dent in my pride it should be OK for Chicago.’
Paarl based Van Dyk goes into Sunday’s race in a state of flux. ‘I was real tired after world’s in South Carolina and my training was not where I would like it going into Chicago.
‘I had a great season and was content to take it a bit easy for a while. ‘Then during the last two weeks my training and motivation picked up and I started feeling good again.
‘I know I have a very good endurance base so the only question mark will be around my speed and that we will see as the marathon unfolds on Sunday.’