Ernst makes history at Boston Marathon

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iol spt apr22 Van Dyk-Boston marathon Reuters Veteran wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk made history when he became the first athlete to win 10 titles at the Boston Marathon. Photo by:Brian Snyder/Reuters

Johannesburg – Veteran wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk made history when he became the first athlete to win 10 titles at the Boston Marathon in Massachusetts.

Van Dyk dominated the 42km race from start to finish, winning in 1:20:36 to clock his second fastest performance at the annual race.

Only in 2004, when he set the former course record of 1:18:27, did he complete the event in a quicker time.

By the time he crossed the finish line, the South African had opened a 38-second lead over Kota Hokinoue of Japan, who was second in 1:21:14.

Lusapho April, who was third in last year's New York Marathon, took 15th position in the able-bodied elite men's race in 2:14:59.

April stayed with the chasing group for most of the race but dropped back after pushing the pace in the second half.

The 31-year-old South African was more than six minutes behind Meb Keflezighi, who finished in 2:08:37 to become the first American to win the elite men's race since 1983. – Sapa


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