Athletics

Van Dyk looks ahead to London

Ernst van Dyk (Getty Images)
Ernst van Dyk (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Star South African Paralympian Ernst van Dyk is looking forward to the London Marathon after finishing second in Boston.

Van Dyk outprinted Japan's Masazumi Soejima by a single second to finish with the silver medal in Monday's 119th running of the Boston Marathon.

Van Dyk (1:36:27) finished a distant runner-up to Switzerland's Marcel Hug who took the wheelchair title in an impressive 1:29:53.

It was Van Dyk's 16th Boston Marathon, a race he has won a staggering 10 times.

"At some point we tried chasing Marcel, but it quickly became evident we weren’t going to catch him," Van Dyk told the Boston Globe.

In the men's road race, South Africa's Lusapho April’s 2:16:25 earned him 13th spot after he had ended 15th in last year’s race.

Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia picked up the victory in a time of 2:09:17.

Van Dyk took to Twitter post-race, congratulating Hug on his win and reminding fans to look out for him in London on Sunday, April 26.

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