Wheelchair racing

Of all his endeavours, Ernst van Dyk is best-known for his achievements as one of South Africa’s top track and road wheelchair racers. He competes in between three and six high-profile marathons per year, the majority of which are international.

The undeniable highlight of Ernst’s wheelchair racing career is having won the Boston Marathon – the most prestigious wheelchair event – nine consecutive times from 2001 to 2006 and 2008 to 2010. He was also the first wheelchair racer in this particular event to break the 1h 20min barrier.

Ernst also participates in the London Marathon, the Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon, the ASA Marathon, the OCC Marathon, the New York Marathon, the Oita Marathon and the LA Marathon.

Track    
100 m 0:15.01 2000 SA Track Championships
200 m 0:25.75 1999 Summer Down Under
400 m 0:47.05 2001 Swiss Nationals
800 m 1:32.17 2001 Swiss Nationals
1500 m 2:58.19 2005 Atlanta
5000 m 10:02.12 2004 Atlanta
     
Road    
10 km 18:48 2001 Peach Tree
21.1 km 42:36 2007 Great North Run
25 km 52.02 2001 Grand Rapids
42.2 km 1.18:27 2004 Boston Marathon
     
Recent performance highlights
2011 1st, OCC George Marathon – George
  3rd, Boston Marathon - Boston
   
2010 1st, Boston Marathon – Boston
  2nd, OCC George Marathon – George
   
2009 1st, Boston Marathon - Boston
  1st, ASA Marathon - Durban
  3rd, Seoul International Wheelchair Marathon – South Korea
  3rd, London Marathon - London
  3rd, OCC Marathon - George
   
2008 1st, Boston Marathon – Boston
  1st, ASA Marathon – Durban
  1st, Seoul Wheelchair Marathon – South Korea
  2nd, OCC Marathon - George
  Bronze medal, Wheelchair Marathon, Beijing Paralympics - Beijing
  4th, Peach Tree 10 km – Atlanta
  6th, London Marathon – London
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