Ernst van Dyk

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Ernst van Dyk
Ernst F. Van Dyk in 2014 Boston Marathon.jpg
van Dyk at the 2014 Boston Marathon
Personal information
Birth name Ernst Francois van Dyk
Nationality South African
Born (1973-04-04) 4 April 1973 (age 44)
Ceres, South Africa
Disability Congenital – Genetic
Disability class T54
Achievements and titles
Paralympic finals 2000
Ernst Van Dyk (23) at the start of the 2015 London Marathon

Ernst Francois van Dyk OIS (born 4 April 1973) is a South African wheelchair racer and handcyclist. He has won a record 10 wheelchair titles in the Boston Marathon.[1] He was also awarded the Laureus World Sports Awards for Sportsperson with a Disability of the year for 2006. At the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, he won a bronze medal in the 400 metres. At the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens, he won a silver medal in the 800 metre race, another silver in the 1500 metres, and a bronze in the 5000 metres. At the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing van Dyk won gold in the handcycling road race as well as bronze in the wheelchair marathon. Other handcycling achievements include: Obtaining a silver and bronze medal at the 2009 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships held in Italy and taking double gold (road race and time trial) at the 2007 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships held in Bordeaux.


Van Dyk was born with congenital absence of both legs. His parents, two provincial-level athletes, recognized his athletic abilities and encouraged sports participation. At first he went to school in Graaff-Reinet, but the school couldn't cater for him. He then attended the Elizabeth Conradie School for disabled children in Kimberley. He competed as a swimmer nationally in his teens. In 1992 he enrolled in Stellenbosch University and competed in the Barcelona Paralympics as a swimmer and wheelchair athlete. Thereafter, he concentrated on wheelchair athletics.

Major results[edit]

Year Boston Marathon[2] New York City Marathon Paris Marathon Los Angeles Marathon London Marathon Great North Run
2001 Gold medal icon.svg1:25:12
2002 Gold medal icon.svg 1:23:19 Bronze medal icon.svg 1:45:16 Gold medal icon.svg 1:28:44
2003 Gold medal icon.svg 1:28:32 Silver medal icon.svg 1:35:36
2004 Gold medal icon.svg 1:18:27
2005 Gold medal icon.svg 1:24:11 Gold medal icon.svg 1:31.11 Gold medal icon.svg
2006 Gold medal icon.svg 1:25:29 Gold medal icon.svg 1:24:48 (CR)
2007 Gold medal icon.svg 42:35
2008 Gold medal icon.svg 1:26:49
2009 Gold medal icon.svg 1:33:29 Bronze medal icon.svg 1:28:59
2010 Gold medal icon.svg 1:26:53
2011 Bronze medal icon.svg 1:18:51
2013 Silver medal icon.svg 1:40:14 Bronze medal icon.svg 1:31:30
2014 Gold medal icon.svg 1:20:36 Silver medal icon.svg 1:30:56 Bronze medal icon.svg 1:32:42
2015 Silver medal icon.svg 1:36:27 Gold medal icon.svg 1:30:54
2016 Silver medal icon.svg 1:24:06 1:35:23
WR – World Record
CR – Course record

His ninth win in the 2010 Boston Marathon was a record for that event in any class. As of 21 April 2014 he has won ten. On 20 April 2010 the South African government announced that van Dyk will be awarded the Order of Ikhamanga in silver for his achievements in sport.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Van Dyk's company, Enabled Sport, deals in equipment for athletes with disabilities. He lives in Paarl, Western Cape with his wife and daughter.[4][5]


  1. ^ SABC. "SABC – SAs Van Dyk steals limelight at Boston Marathon:Monday 21 April 2014". Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  2. ^ "Past Champions". 25 March 2014. Archived from the original on 20 June 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Ernst Van Dyk". Laureus. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  4. ^ "SA's King of Boston". Modern Athlete. 2010-06-28. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Ernst van Dyk". Enabled Sport. Retrieved 2014-04-21. 

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