Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
19 Mar 2017
3:05 pm

Van Dyk charges to New York hat-trick

Wesley Botton

The veteran athlete is expected to target a record 11th victory at the prestigious Boston Marathon.

FILE PICTURE: Ernst van Dyk. Picture: Duif du Toit / Gallo Images

Veteran athlete Ernst van Dyk showed good form on Sunday, in the build-up to next month’s Boston Marathon, winning the elite men’s wheelchair race at the New York City Half-Marathon for the third year in a row.

Van Dyk covered the 21.1km distance in 47:28, taking nine seconds off his own course record set in the Big Apple last season, adding to the titles he lifted in 2014 and 2015.

The 43-year-old Paralympic handcycling champion, focussing on wheelchair racing this year, is expected to target a record 11th victory at the prestigious Boston event, the world’s oldest race over the classic 42km distance.

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