A full-time safety guard, father and part-time marathoner shocked a high quality subject on the 2022 Comrades Marathon on Sunday. Tete Dijana of Rustenburg, South Africa, crossed the road to win the 90 km extremely between Pietermaritzburg and Durban in a powerful time of 5:30:38–which works out to a mean tempo of three:36 per km.
Dijana solely ran the race as soon as earlier than, in 2019, when he completed fiftieth, in 6:25:03. The 33-year-old ultrarunner who trains with South Africa’s distinguished Nedbank Working Membership, received the ninety fifth Comrades Marathon with lower than 10 km to go when he put in a surge and dropped the defending 2019 champion Edward Mothibi.
Dijana comes from humble beginnings, working night time shifts as a full-time safety guard at North-West College in Mahikeng, South Africa. He would usually head to coaching within the morning and once more within the afternoon, after working an evening shift.
In a post-race interview with South African newspaper The Citizen, Dijana stated he modified his coaching three months in the past to focus extra on ultrarunning than the marathon distance.
Tete Dijana works as a safety guard on the North West College, Mahikeng campus. He travels from Rustenburg to Klerksdorp each Thursday when he’s off in order that he can practice together with his coach and teammates.
In the present day, he wins Comrades and R260,000 🥇🏃🏾♂️
— Nqobile Ndlovu (@CashNSport) August 28, 2022
Earlier this 12 months on the Nedbank Runified 50km, Dijana paced his Nedbank teammate Stephen Mokoka to the 50km world document of two:40:13.
Dijana, a father of two younger youngsters, walked away with over USD $16,000 in prize cash, which he hopes to place towards shopping for his first dwelling.
Russian athlete wins the ladies’s race regardless of being initially banned
Within the ladies’s race, Alexandra Morozova of Russia took the win in 6:17:48, after she was initially banned.
Morozova’s registration was withdrawn because the Comrades stated they had been performing on the directions of World Athletics, which referred to as for all Russian athletes who may win prize cash at main races to be barred from coming into any championships or affiliated races as a result of battle in Ukraine.
Russian Athlete and Comrades Marathon ladies’s race winner Alexandra Morozova won’t obtain her winnings – pending a courtroom case as a consequence of happen in November. #sabcnews
— SAfm information (@SAfmnews) August 28, 2022
She was ultimately allowed to compete, after she received a courtroom software in opposition to the race on the Pietermaritzburg Excessive Courtroom. This was Morozova’s fourth time operating Comrades and her first win. She received’t take dwelling any winnings, as a consequence of World Athletics sanctions in opposition to Russian athletes.
She stated to the media post-race that she obtained tons of assist from followers on the course.