- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009

BOSTON (AP) - South African Ernst Van Dyk (Van DIKE) breezed to his record eighth win in the men’s wheelchair race of Boston Marathon.

Van Dyk led from the first mile Tuesday and finished in 1 hour, 33 minutes and 29 seconds.

Van Dyk extended his own record for victories in the men’s wheelchair division and matched women’s wheelchair racer Jean Driscoll’s record for most Boston Marathon victories ever.

Van Dyk has won eight of the last nine Boston Marathons, with his only loss during the streak coming in 2007.

His easy victory was also the slowest of his eight wins. His previous slowest time was 1 hour, 28 minutes and 32 seconds.

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