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Champion Van Dyk crashes in Chicago warm-up


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.’