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Ernst Van Dyk wins men’s wheelchair race

Ernst Van Dyk was the first to cross the finish line on Monday when he won the men’s wheelchair race.

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Ernst Van Dyk was the first to cross the finish line on Monday when he won the men’s wheelchair race.

Ernst Van Dyk returned to the winner’s circle for a record 10th time in the push rim wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon – but first since 2010 – leading from start to finish on Monday and breaking the tape in an unofficial time of 1 hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds.

Van Dyk, a 41-year-old from South Africa, was already the winningest competitor in Boston Marathon history; his previous win in 2010 gave him nine titles, one more than Jean Driscoll.

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He never trailed this time, getting in front early and extending his lead through the hills at the start of the course.

More from the 2014 Boston Marathon — Cullen: Just like the days we used to know | Gasper: Boston reclaims its Marathon | Photos: Marathon scenes | The ‘Scream Tunnel’ and Heartbreak Hill | The elite runners | Boylston Street | Videos from the Marathon | Full coverage

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