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- Updated: September 26, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Seven-time Paralympian Ernst van Dyk raced to yet another podium finish on Sunday as he grabbed second spot of the wheelchair division in the Berlin Marathon in Germany.
Van Dyk, 43, won gold in the men’s hand-cycling road race at the Rio Paralympics less than two weeks ago and Sunday shows that his form is still red-hot.
The Paarl-based athlete also competed in the time trial and road race at the Paralympics.
Sunday saw him involved in yet another sprint for the finish with six men fighting it out.
Winner was Marcel Hug of Switzerland in 1hr 29in 51sec, with Van Dyk two seconds behind.
‘Happy with the 2nd place today. Need to do a bit of work before I hit the final 3 for the year! Next up @ChiMarathon!’ was Van Dyk’s first feedback on social media.
Van Dyk was also battling to reply to all his messages of congratulation telling this reporter later: ‘It’s a bit hard typing as I’m busy losing both my thumbnails. They lifted after Rio and today they just got worse.’