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Van Dyk blasts through to second spot in Boston
- Updated: April 19, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
The barest few millimetres meant an extra $5000 for six-time Paralympian Ernst van Dyk at Monday’s Boston Marathon in the United States.
After the most titanic of struggles, it was Switzerland’s Marcel Hug who won a three-way sprint to the line, with Aussie Kurt Fearnley being the third racer in the mix (see photo finish above).
Hug defended his title in 1hr 24min 06sec, with the first there wheelchairs across the line all being credited with the same time.
As Hug forged a slight gap in the last 100 metres or so before the line it looked like Van Dyk had been pushed out to third but a monumental effort by the big man from Paarl saw him fly past Fearnley.
The hairline victory meant that Van Dyk secured the $10,000 runners-up prize (Hug won $20,000) and Fearnley took away $5,000.
There was little time for Van Dyk to reflect on his race as he was up at 4am Tuesday (US time) for a flight to the United Kingdom where he’ll line up for Sunday’s London Marathon.
In the able-bodied marathon it was an Ethiopian double as Lemi Berhanu Hayle won in 2:12:45 while Atsede Baysa won the women’s race in 2:29:19. In fact the first three men home were Ethiopian and the first two women also hailed from the east African country.
Before he jets off though, Van Dyk will update Road to Rio 2016 readers with a look back at Boston.
Watch this space…