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Ernst, Lusapho on the podium at NY Marathon

By Mark Etheridge

The South African flag flew proudly in the Big Apple on Sunday as Ernst van Dyk and Lusapho April both took podium finishes at the New York Marathon.

Van Dyk was edged out of gold by Switzerland’s Marcel Hug in the wheelchair division ÔÇô just a second separating the two in a time of 1hr┬á 40min 14secÔÇô while Lusapho April strode to third spot in the elite men’s category.

Paralympic legend Van Dyk also won the New York Marathon in 2005. “Tough day at New York. Very happy with the second place. Was a fantastic race. Great finish to season, 4 marathons, 4 podiums,” Van Dyk tweeted after his win.

Former South African Krige Schabort was first American home, in sixth spot.

Uitenhage resident April, already a national marathon champion and two-time winner of the Hanover Marathon in Germany, clocked 2hr 09min 45sec as Geoffrey Mutai won in 2:08:24, to defend the title he won in 2011.

Last year’s marathon was cancelled after the devastation from Superstorm Sandy.

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