- Tete Morena Dijana has become a household name after winning the 2022 Comrades Marathon
- The Mafikeng-born Dijana, who works as a security guard, won the 'down' run in a time of 05:30:38
- His achievement has seen as an outpouring of praise and admiration from all corners of South African society
Tete Morena Dijana is the toast of South Africa and the marathon-racing world today.
The Mahikeng-born security guard ran into the history books by winning the men's 2022 Comrades Marathon in a time 05:30:38.
The Pro Runner reported that Dijana prepared for the race by sometimes only sleeping two hours, which in the end was worth it.
Speaking after the race, the 34-year-old Nedbank Running Club runner said:
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"It means a lot. I have been through a lot. Before my training camp, something happened, and I had to see my psychologist. I then went to training camp having taken three months of unpaid leave. It was worth it.
"This one is for Mafikeng and Bokone Bophirima [North West]. Edward Mothibi won it in 2019 and now I have, too."
Dijana received praise and adulation for his victory on social media.
"Winner of the #Comrades2022 Never let your circumstances define you in life. To say I am in awe would be an understatement!! Respect for Tete Morena Dijana. A security guard by profession that does night duty .. sleep two hours then go for his run ♂"
Ferdinand Omanyala: Africa’s fastest man cries foul over new qualifying standards set by World Athletics
Africa's fastest man and record holder Ferdinand Omanyala has questioned the new qualifying standards set by the World Athletics for Budapest 2023.
As reported by Sports Brief, Budapest will host the next edition of the World Athletics Championships next year after a successful edition in Oregon, USA. The world governing body for Athletics stoked controversy when it revised the qualification times athletes need to meet to qualify for the event.
The qualification times were reduced in every event except in the 400 metres men and 800 metres women, where the times were revised upwards.