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Ernst Van Dyk returned to the top of the podium for a record tenth time in the wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon. Van Dyk became the first athlete in any division to win the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon ten times.
Van Dyk led from start to finish on Monday, getting in front early and extending his lead through the hills at the start of the course. He broke the tape in an excellent time of 1:20:36, the second fastest time of his ten triumphs. Only in 2004, when he set the former course record of 1:18:27, did he complete the event in a quicker time.
After his ninth victory in 2010, Van Dyk had to endure four frustrating years to achieve his goal of ten Boston titles. The 41-year-old said afterwards: “South Africa needed good news and I regarded it as my duty to provide it today.”
The Boston Marathon was first run in 1897 and yesterday marked the 118th edition of the race. It was also the first anniversary of the bomb attack at last year’s race in which three people were killed and hundreds injured.