Paralympic Gold for Ernst van Dyk

Ernst van Dyk has achieved the ultimate Paralympic dream by claiming the Gold medal in the Men’s H5 Road Race at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Thursday 15 September.

An exhausted but overwhelmed Ernst van Dyk takes a moment to realise his Gold medal win in the Men's H5 Road Race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Thursday 15 September.

An exhausted but overwhelmed Ernst van Dyk takes a moment to realise his Gold medal win in the Men's H5 Road Race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Thursday 15 September.

Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Commission Director, Dr. Mike Burns shared his pride and jubilation. “What a breakthrough. I am so thrilled,” he said. “I would’ve loved any medal today but Gold is just phenomenal,” he added.

 
A moment of celebration as Ernst van Dyk claims the Gold medal win in the Men's H5 Road Race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Thursday 15 September

A moment of celebration as Ernst van Dyk claims the Gold medal win in the Men's H5 Road Race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics on Thursday 15 September

 

 

Burns described the fierce competition that van Dyk had faced out on the road today. “The guys he was up against were the best in the world. I am so excited,” he said.

This is van Dyk’s seventh Paralympic Games, and he now adds to his tally of six Paralympic medals over the years.

Van Dyk had made the break away before a sharp 180 degree turn towards the finish line.

Cycling South Africa congratulates Ernst van Dyk on his remarkable achievement.

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