Updated: March 15, 2015

Lusapho April put up a strong fight to finish fourth in the elite men’s event, and Ernst van Dyk coasted to victory in the wheelchair race at the annual New York City Half-Marathon in the United States on Sunday.
April went with a small lead group when Kenyan Stephen Sambu tried to open a gap at the 15km mark, and after making his presence felt at the front of the pack, the South African sat back and let his opponents do most of the work.
While he dropped off the pace in the closing stages, April fought back to cross the line in 1:01:21, just five seconds outside his 21km career record set at last year’s World Half-Marathon Championships in Copenhagen.
Leonard Korir of Kenya outkicked Sambu in the last few metres to win the race in 1:01:06.
Local favourite Molly Huddle won the women’s race, outclassing a strong East African contingent to grab the title in 1:08:31.
Huddle became the first American woman to win the race, with Kenyan Joyce Chepkirui ending second in 1:08:42.
Van Dyk, meanwhile, charged clear to secure a comfortable victory in the men’s wheelchair division in 48:54, well ahead of American Joshua George who took second place in 49:11.
April and the 41-year-old Van Dyk will compete in the prestigious Boston Marathon next month.