Cape Town - South Africa’s Ernst van Dyk has narrowly missed out
on winning his 11th title in the men’s wheelchair division at the 120th Boston
Marathon on Monday.
Defending champion, Switzerland’s Marcel Hug, managed to retain his title when he
crossed the line in 1:24:06, marginally ahead of second-placed Van
Dyk in a thrilling sprint finish.
Australia’s Kurt Fearnley grabbed the final spot on the podium as all three were credited with the same finishing time.
Speaking shortly afterwards, Van Dyk said, “To finish second is great. This
is really the start of the racing season and it’s a great way to begin.
That said, I was hoping not to meet this type of competition so early,
but it just proves that every race is tough.”
American Tatyana McFadden won the women's wheelchair division for the fourth straight time in 1:42:16.