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Van Dyk has sights set on 2nd NYC Half title in US
- Updated: March 19, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Six-time Paralympian Ernst van Dyk will be looking to stake his claim on history with a successful defence of his NYC half-marathon in New York on Sunday.
The 10-time Boston Marathon winner, who still sticks to his choice of steak for his pre-race meal, won last year in a course record 48min 54sec.
Apart from defending his title, Van Dyk will be using this race as part of his ongoing fine-tuning and preparations in this all-important Paralympic year.
‘This race has a good mix of climbing and flat course racing and if there’s something I have to work on specifically for Boston it will show,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.
‘Two weeks before Boston it gives me enough time to make final adjustments.’
Van Dyk faces two big races in the shape of Boston and London next month. ‘That kicks off the Abbot wheelchair majors for us and doing well in those two early in the series will go a long way later into the series.’
The field for Sunday’s NYC Half may not be the strongest he’s ever raced against but Paarl-based Van Dyk still expects a few surprises.
‘I’ve never competed in snow or weather this cold before so it will be a total new frontier for me. Nevertheless my goal is to improve my time I did here last year and to go for around 45min which would be great for this course and conditions.’
Picture of Van Dyk at last year’s event courtesy of Getty Images