Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare Claims Championship, Third Place in Los Angeles Marathon Wheelchair Action


ELYRIA, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 28, 2002--Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare athlete Ernst Van Dyk ended the longest winning streak in the history of the Los Angeles Marathon by defeating the five-time defending champion to win the men's wheelchair division.

Van Dyk, of South Africa turned in a winning time of 1:28:44 in a three-way photo finish at the tape. Team Invacare's Krige Schabort, also of South Africa, was clocked in third place with a finish one second behind Van Dyk's.

Observers credit a flatter course as the edge that enabled Van Dyk to beat his opponent to the finish line. The defending champion has a strong reputation for his prowess on hills.

Van Dyk may be growing accustomed to dethroning champions. In the 2001 Boston Marathon, he overtook the five-time defending champion to win by more than a six-minute margin.

Paul Nunnari, of Australia, also a Team Invacare athlete, finished eighth in the LA Marathon's men's division, with a time of 1:35:40.

In the men's handcycling division, Team Invacare's Scott Gilger of North Olmsted, Ohio, finished third with a time of 1:29:20.

Invacare Corporation (NYSE:IVC) is the global leader in the manufacture and distribution of innovative home medical products which promote recovery and active lifestyles through more than 25,000 providers. The company, which had 2001 revenues of $1.05 billion, goes to market in the following channels of distribution: home care, mass retail and institutional. Within these channels of distribution, Invacare participates in the following product segments: Home Care, which includes rehab products, respiratory products, manual wheelchairs, home care beds, therapeutic support surfaces and personal care products marketed by Invacare's Home Care Group; Soft Goods and Supplies, which includes ostomy, incontinence, wound care and diabetic supplies marketed by Invacare Supply Group; and Institutional, which includes nursing home beds, patient lifts and slings, nursing home furniture and bathing systems marketed by Invacare Continuing Care Group. The company's headquarters are in Elyria, Ohio, and the firm has manufacturing plants in the United States, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, Mexico, New Zealand, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. For more information about the company, visit Invacare's website at www.invacare.com.
Invacare Corporation's Team Invacare sponsors approximately 75 wheelchair athletes and teams, including wheelchair tennis, basketball (the Cleveland Cavaliers wheelchair team and individuals as well as Dallas Mavericks), quad rugby teams, and individual track and racing athletes.

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