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Ethiopians dominate 2022 Rome Marathon as Adugna Dalasa, Fikre Bekele hit gold

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30-year-old Ethiopian, Adugna Dalasa has succeeded Kenyan Peris Jerono Lagat the previous champion to win the women’s category of the just concluded 2022 Rome Marathon in 02 hours 26 minutes 09 seconds.

It was a big show for the East African country as an improved course record was captured by Ethiopians Fikre Bekele with a time of 2:06:48 while in the women’s category, another Ethiopian Adugna Dalasa won in 02 hours 26 minutes 09 seconds.

The Rome Marathon is an annual marathon competition hosted by the city of Rome, Italy. The competition has also doubled as the Italian Marathon championships on two occasions; in 1983 and 1986.

To cap the exploits of Ethiopians at the race, Tadesse Temechachu finished in second place while Morocco’s Othmane El Goumri ended up in third place.

Ethiopia’s Adugna Sechale Dalasa won the women’s solo race.

Meanwhile, the Ethiopians Embassy in Rome has congratulated the athletes for making the East African country proud.

Organizers of the Rome Marathon, an IAAF Gold Label Road Race announced an increase in the prize money purse for the 2022 edition to 202,000, with 40,000 going to the race winners. That’s nearly triple the amount awarded to the race winners compared with last year.

East Africans, particularly Ethiopians and Kenyans are notorious for winning long-distance races.  Kenyan, Eliud Kipchoge won the marathon at the last Olympic and more recently the Tokyo marathon.

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CAF postpones 2023 Afcon to January 2024 due to weather concerns

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The Confederation of African Football (CAF), has postponed the 34th edition of the African Nations Cup (AFCON), which was scheduled to hold between June to July of 2023 in Ivory Coast, to January and February, 2024.

The reason for the postponement, according to CAF President, Patrice Motsepe, is due to concerns over weather conditions in the West African country which experiences heavy rainfall during the period.

While addressing the CAF Executive Committee meeting in Rabat, Morocco, on Sunday, Motsepe said the decision was also to align the continent with the European football calendars.

Motsepe also said the decision was further motivated by weather concerns following a report by the Ivorian Meteorological Agency which predicted heavy rainfall in many parts of the country designated for the tournament.

The agency, in a report presented to CAF, had noted that Ivory Coast which has a tropical climate, has the peak of its rain season between June and July and most parts of the country is always at the height of the rainy season.

This is the second time the AFCON will be rescheduled at the beginning of the year since it was moved from January/February to June/July by former CAF President Ahmad Ahmad.

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Nigerian ‘Last Stylebender’, Israel Adesanya, beats Jarred Cannonier to retain UFC middleweight title

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Nigerian fighter, Israel Adesanya, “the Last Stylebender” , has retained his UFC middleweight title with a win via unanimous decision.

Judges scored the bout 49-46, 49-46, 50-45, all in favour of the Nigeria’s over his challenger, Jarred Cannonier in the UFC 276 bout which took place at the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada this morning.

The 32-year-old Nigerian has now defended his middleweight championship for the fourth time after he defeated Kelvin for his middleweight interim title in 2019.

The ‘Last Stylebender’ he has defeated the likes of Robert Whitaker, Martin Vettori, Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero including his win against Jarod Cannonier.

Adesanya is one of top fighters of African descent in the UCF, the list includes Abu Azaitar was given the nickname Gladiator who holds a 14-1 MMA record, Sodiq Yusuff and Kamaru Usman who are both Nigeria and Cameroonian, Francis Ngannou, nickname: Predator.

Adesanya is reportedly set to a guaranteed purse of $1.8million from the fight after he earned around $1.1million in his last bout against Martin Vettori. UFC will earn approximately $82.5million from PPV sales and Israel will receive 30% of the PPV shares which could make this the highest earnings of his career.

 

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