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Van Dyk just misses podium at Chicago Marathon


By Mark Etheridge

Just four seconds separated Ernst van Dyk and fourth and first place at Sunday’s Chicago Marathon.
The 10-time Boston Marathon winner clocked 1hr 30min 50sec for the 42.2 kilometre event as Australia’s Kurt Fearnley took the win in 1:30:46 from Switzerland’s Boston Marathon winner Marcel Hug (two seconds back).
Fearnley has now converted his two second place finishes in Chicago to victory.
Defending champion Josh George was third in the same time as Hug while Van Dyk was just a second ahead of Korea’s Gyudae Kim.
Van Dyk, who won Chicago two years ago, was trying out his new racing chair in an elite race for the first time.
‘The new chair felt good, especially on the very rough Chicago roads and going into the wind. But I need to work on my cornering skills a bit as the dynamics are a bit different.
‘There weren’t many down hills or hard climbs here for feedback on that. We’ll leave that for New York in a couple of weeks.’
As far as the race went Van Dyk was disappointed not to podium but will settle for fourth at the moment.
‘Of course I would have liked a top three finish but the fitness level of the guys was really very high today. We went very fast for the first half and were on pace to crack the course record.
‘Then the wind picked up and after Marcel threw in a few fast surges like only he can do we lost a bit of the aggresiveness in the group.
‘At one point five of us had a small gap but no one wanted to make too much of it so the group came back to us. In the end there were still 12 of us as we made the final right turn going up the bridge.
‘I made a poor decision in the line I picked and got trapped in the traffic. So I had to work very hard to come back from there to claim fourth but in the end I am happy with it. Top five today was stellar.’


@ErnstvanDyk You are always top and middle on the podium in South Africa's eyes. Pure gold!