- Russian runner Alexandra Morozova won the 2022 Comrades Marathon women's race
- Morozova's participation in the event was controversial because of the isolation of Russia in sports worldwide currently
- However, after a legal challenge, she was allowed to participate in the event
Alexandra Morozova put a sideshow aside to emerge victorious in the 2022 Comrades Marathon today.
The Russian runner finished the gruelling race in a time of 06:17:46.
As was reported by ENCA, she had been barred from participating in the even by the organisers, who had been instructed to do so by Athletics South Africa acting on a recommendation by World Athletics. Russia is currently experiencing isolation from the world of sports following the fallout from the country's ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
However, EWN reported that she launched an interdict with the Pietermaritzburg High Court to challenge her barring, which turned out to be a successful one for her.
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Morozova said after the win:
"It was amazing. All of my dreams came true today. It was the most difficult marathon of my career. I'm happy to be here to achieve this win. It was my turn this year.
"Thank you so much to the citizens of South Africa for the warm greetings. It was so special to run into the stadium and feel this warmth from the crowd. Thank you so much for the opportunity."
EWN also added that she will have to return to the court in November to find out if she will receive her prize money or not.
High praise for Mahikeng security guard Tete Morena Dijana after men's 2022 Comrades Marathon victory
Tete Morena Dijana is the toast of South Africa and the marathon-racing world today.
As reported by Sports Brief, the Mahikeng-born security guard ran into the history books by winning the men's 2022 Comrades Marathon in a time 05:30:38. It was reported that Dijana prepared for the race by sometimes only sleeping two hours, which in the end was worth it.
Dijana received praise and adulation for his victory on social media.
Source: Sports Brief News