South African wheelchair racer, Ernst van Dyk has won a gold medal at the Rio Paralympic Games On Thursday.
Van Dyk placed first in the Men’s H5 Road Race.
He finished with a time of 1:37.49.
Dr. Mike Burns, Cycling South Africa’s Para-cycling Commission Director, was ecstatic about van Dyk’s win, admitting that he was up against tough competition. “What a breakthrough. I am so thrilled. I would’ve loved any medal today but Gold is just phenomenal. The guys he was up against were the best in the world. I am so excited,” he said
But this is not the first time the paralympic racer has won gold.
In 2008, van Dyk took home the gold at the Beijing Games.
He has also announced that this is his final race in his Paralympic career.