Elated 2022 Comrades Marathon winner Tete Dijana speechless after bagging gold  – Entertainment SA

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The 2022 Comrades Marathon winner Tete Dijana has failed to express his delight after winning the most challenging race in the world. 
Born in Mafikeng in the North West province, Dijana crossed the finishing line at a time of 05:30:38, just over three minutes ahead of the second-placed Edward Mothibi, who also was the defending champion. 
This was his maiden win in the ultra-marathon race and this was his second start in the race that was held on Sunday in KwaZulu-Natal. 
As a 34-year-old, Dijana quit his job as a security guard to focus on running and says winning the race meant a lot to him, while also thanking his coach Dave Adams for ensuring he was in top nick for the race. 
“I don’t have any words. It took me three months to prepare for this marathon and I would like to thank coach Dave for his help,” Dijana said. 
“It means a lot to me because I have been through a lot because before the race, something happened to me and I had to go to the psychologist. 
“I went into camp for three months and I took unpaid leave. The race also belongs to Mafikeng because the last two winners are from there.” 
Looking at the women’s edition of the race, controversial winner Alexandra Morozova was visibly flagging by the time she reached the Moses Mabhida Stadium. 
However, she’d put in a fair bit of distance between her (06:17:48) and second place finisher Dominika Stelmach (06:25:09), who is from Poland. 
Her participation in the race was clouded by controversy and legalities, but she was later cleared to take part on Friday. 

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“It was amazing and it was one of the dreams that came through today,” Morozova said through an interpreter as per News24. 
“It’s been one of the most difficult moments of my life in the past four years and it’s very good to be here and to achieve this. 
“I’ve been here a few years and it was my turn to take the medal now. There are other strong racers from previous years, so it’s my year now.” 
Main Image: Tete Dijana/Twitter 

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