Van Dyk crossed the finish line in an hour, 20 minutes, 36 seconds and holds the record for most Boston Marathon wins.
Some of van Dyks achievements include being awarded the Laureus World Sports Award for Sportsperson with a Disability in 2006, winning a bronze medal in the 400m at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, silver medal in the 800m at the 2004 Summer Paralympics and another silver in the 1500m, and a bronze in the 5000m.
He also won a gold medal in the hand cycling road race at the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Beijing as well as bronze in the wheelchair marathon. At the last Paralympics, in London two years back, van Dyk won silver in the road race.
“Well done to Ernst for such a great performance at the Boston Marathon. You continue to fly the South African flag high and this is a positive outcome on our Road to Rio in 2016. We are positive you will continue to perform exceptionally going forward,” said SASCOC CEO, Tubby Reddy.
Van Dyk is a six time Paralympian athlete who has competed in three different sports mainly swimming, athletics and cycling.