Ernst van Dyk wins gold for SA

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 14: South Africa's Ernst van Dyk during the Para Cycling Road Race men's time trial of the 2016 Paralympic Games on September 14, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Wessel Oosthuizen/Gallo Images)

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.