Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN DYK ON FORM, APRIL FADES IN BOSTON
Veteran wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk proved he was still at the top of his game on Monday, taking second place at the Boston Marathon, with fellow South African Lusapho April fading to 13th position in the elite men’s race.
A 10-time winner of the historic race, Van Dyk was unable to defend his title, but he held on after doing much of the early work up front to secure another podium finish in a remarkable career.
The 42-year-old South African completed the 119th edition of the annual race in 1:36:27, while Swiss world marathon champion Marcel Hug romped to a comfortable victory in 1:29:53.
In the men’s able-bodied race, April produced a smart run by sitting back in the lead pack for most of the way, but he lost touch after the 34km mark and slipped back.
After a fast start, the pace dropped in poor, wet conditions before the Ethiopian contingent strung out the group in the closing stages.
The South African, who was 15th in his Boston debut last year, improved by two positions, though he crossed the line in a relatively pedestrian 2:16:25.
Ethiopian Lesisa Desisa, the World Championships silver medallist, won his second Boston title in 2:09:17, after dropping compatriot Yemane Tsegay in the chase for the line.
Caroline Rotich of Kenya kicked hard down the home straight to outclass Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba, bagging the women’s crown in 2:24:55.
Russian-born American athlete Tatyana McFadden bagged her third straight title in the women’s wheelchair event in 1:52:54.