Boston Marathon: Van Dyk and Tsuchida Do It Again


Ernst Van Dyk got his wish: a sprint finish with more than one wheelchair coming down Boylston Street at the finish. The now nine-time Boston Marathon champion, a course record, finished in 1:26:53. He was just four seconds ahead of second place finisher, American Krige Schabort. Women's wheelchair champion Wakako Tsuchida of Japan finished in 1:43:32. This is her fourth Boston victory. 

 Ernst Van Dyk sprints to the finish on Boylston St just ahead of Krige Schabort

An ecstatic Van Dyk less than a minute after finishing

 Wakako Tsuchida sprints to the finish with a smile on her face

Women's update: Teyba Erkesso has broken away from the pack, with a huge lead. She's done 20 miles in 1:51:55.

Men's update: A group of four is in the front, lead by last year's champion Deriba Merga, who is at 18 miles in 1:27:00. The lead pack does not include American Meb Keflezighi. Abderrahim Gourmi, from Morocco, the fastest man on the course, is having difficulty and is currently walking. 

–Melanie Lidman