Event: Women’s Long Distances Date of birth: 1985/04/09 Personal bests: 800m (2:03.36),...
VAN DYK ENDS SECOND IN TOKYO
Veteran wheelchair racer Ernst van Dyk put up a strong fight on Sunday to take second place at the Tokyo Marathon in Japan.
The 42-year-old athlete worked hard all the way to the line, finishing one second behind Australian Kurt Fearnley, who won a four-man sprint in 1:26:01.
Van Dyk, a seven-time Paralympic medallist, proved once again he remained competitive at the highest level, as he aimed to represent South Africa at a seventh successive edition of the Games in Rio in September.
Wakako Tsuchida of Japan earned victory in the women’s wheelchair race at the Tokyo Marathon, which forms part of the World Marathon Majors series.
Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia won the elite men’s able-bodied race in 2:06:56, and Helah Kiprop of Kenya secured the women’s title, setting a new course record of 2:21:27.