Comrades Marathon Winner Tete Dijana Reveals Plans Fir R1.7 Million Cash Prize
The two-time Comrades Marathon winner and father of two, Tete Dijana, has exciting plans for his R1.7 million cash prize. In an exclusive interview with Drum Magazine, Dijana revealed that his main focus is securing his children’s future.
“I am investing the money for my children,” says Dijana, whose daughters are aged nine and five. With the funds, he aims to provide financial stability for their education and well-being.
Investing in a Dream Home
Building a secure home for his family has been another significant goal for Dijana. He utilized a portion of his previous winnings from 2022 to invest in a car and kickstart the construction of his dream home. The spacious four-bedroom house, featuring a lounge, sitting room, kitchen, and a double garage, is near completion.
Dijana expresses his excitement, stating, “It’s almost done. Only the roof remains. Once the house is complete, I will be able to live there with my children.”
𝗥𝗘𝗖𝗢𝗥𝗗 𝗕𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗚: 𝟬𝟱:𝟭𝟰:𝟯𝟬 👏
Tete Dijana dug deep to defend his Comrades Marathon title and smash the record while fighting off Piet Wiersma 💥
Edward Mothibi came in 3rd place 👌
— SuperSport 🏆 (@SuperSportTV) June 11, 2023
Achieving Remarkable Success
Dijana’s incredible performance in the 2023 Comrades Marathon earned him various substantial cash prizes. City Press reported that he received R500,000 for winning the race, an additional R500,000 for beating the previous record time, R200,000 as the first South African man to cross the finish line, and an impressive R500,000 from the North West government.
Despite his triumph, Dijana reveals that his journey has not always been easy. He had to drop out of university due to financial constraints. However, with his newfound success, he aspires to return to his studies and eventually become a coach, sharing his knowledge and training other runners.
Preparing for Victory
Dijana’s dedication and rigorous training played a pivotal role in securing his Comrades Marathon win. In an interview with Drum, he discusses his preparations for the race.
Leading up to the event, Dijana trained diligently, exercising twice a day on weekdays and once on weekends. He also took a two-month leave from work to attend a specialized training camp.
At the camp, Dijana adhered to a strict diet and training regimen. The program included hill work, speed work, and distance training. Starch was eliminated from their meals, except for potatoes and pasta. The focus was on consuming vegetables and white meat for optimum performance. In the final days before the race, participants were allowed to consume pap, a traditional South African dish, to fuel their bodies.
About the Comrades Marathon
The Comrades Marathon, held annually in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, is the world’s largest and oldest ultramarathon race. The challenging race stretches between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg, spanning approximately 90 kilometers.
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