Updated: March 20, 2016


Lusapho April took sixth place in the elite men’s race, and veteran compatriot Ernst van Dyk successfully defended his wheelchair title on Sunday at the New York City Half-Marathon.
April, who finished fourth at the 21km race in the Big Apple last year, stuck with a large lead group as they went through the 10km mark in 29:47 in cold, windy conditions.
With the East African contingent breaking clear in the second half, April and the rest of the field slipped off the back of the main pack before Stephen Sambu dropped his fellow Kenyans and romped to victory in 1:01:16.
April crossed the line in 1:02:28, a little more than a minute outside the time he clocked last year, as part of his final preparations for his Olympic qualifying attempt at next month’s Hannover Marathon.
Van Dyk, meanwhile, set a course record of 47:37 to win the men’s wheelchair contest for the second year in a row.
The 42-year-old athlete secured a comfortable victory, with American Aaron Pike taking second position more than a minute off the pace.