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Hard work pays off for Comrades winner Tete Dijana

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Tete Dijana has taken part in athletics since childhood and has a number of trophies to show for it. (PHOTO: Fani Mahuntsi)
Tete Dijana has taken part in athletics since childhood and has a number of trophies to show for it. (PHOTO: Fani Mahuntsi)

It often felt like a real slog: the 6am wake-up times, training twice a day, the niggly injuries and being away from his family for months on end. Tete Dijana had to dig really deep to find the stamina to keep going.

But as the athlete ran towards the finish line at this year’s Comrades Marathon, all the years of blisters and sacrifice suddenly felt worthwhile.

“It only sank in then that I was winning. I said to myself, ‘It’s my race now’,” Tete (34) says, smiling as he recalls the moment when the penny dropped that he was going to win the 90km ultramarathon.

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