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Ethiopian-born world champion, Mo Farah, to retire after 2023 London Marathon



Ethiopian-born British multiple marathom champion, Mo Farah has announced that the 2023 London Marathon will likely be his last as he hopes to put an end to his illustrious career.

The 40-year-old Farah who became a sensation after winning back to back track gold medals in the 5,000 and 10,000 metres at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic Games, said on Tuesday that he plans to end his brilliant career after the London marathon.

Farah who has also won several world titles across both distances, said he is keen to compete in the London event on April 23, after he missed out of the 2022 edition.

“It’s been an amazing career and taking part in the London Marathon is a very big deal,” Farah said in the statement issued by event organisers.”

“I was gutted not to race last year and I just want to give it one more shot.”

“It depends on my body. I just want to get to the start line and see what I can manage. I’m just taking one race at a time.”

“I’m not a spring chicken any more. You can’t keep coming back in the right shape and, for me, I’d love to be able to finish it at home.”

The African-British Athletics great has also ruled out competing at the 2024 Olympics in Paris, though he may yet try to finish his time as a British international at this year’s World Championships in Budapest.

“I’m not going to go to the Olympics and I think 2023 will be my last year.”

“It’s been a little while. But I’ll be preparing well, I’ll head out to Ethiopia and put in a lot of solid training and see what I can do when it comes to April,” he added.


Nigerian UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, loses rematch fight to Leon Edwards



Nigerian UFC fighter, Kamaru Usman, on Sunday morning, failed in another bid to reclaim his welterweight title from champion after losing to his conqueror, Leon Edwards, in a
unanimous decision.

This loss would be the third the “Nigerian Nightmare” will be suffering in the hands of Edwards in his quest to take back his title.

The much anticipated Edwards vs. Usman 3 was the main event at UFC 286, with the Jamaican-born Edwards proving that his previous wins over the Nigerian in August 2022 was no fluke.

A report by Yahoo Sports said “Edwards out-landed Usman 120-87 in significant strikes and landed 74 per cent of his significant strikes. Usman attempted 15 takedowns but landed only four and could do little with them.”

“Though Edwards admitted afterwards that the fight was his hardest to date, Usman was not as good as he was last August until the late head kick knocked him out,” it added.

The defeat also means that Usman has now lost two consecutive fights for the first time in his professional career and it is hard where he will go from here.

In the post-match interview in the ring, Usman said he believed he had done enough to have won.

“I think it was a close fight. Great game plan; you know, I have always said it from the start, I will see Edwards again. We did it and I am not done,” Usman, who now has a 20-4 win-loss record, said.

“I have always given him props for all that he has been able to accomplish and just like me, he is a brother like myself and much respect. London, you have got a hell of a guy, a great champion.”

“I will get back with my coaches because you know, I am one of that guys-I can’t sit for too long,” he said when asked of his future plans.

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Algerian boxer, Hadjila Khelif, grabs Africa’s second gold at Women’s World Boxing Championships



Algerian female boxer, Hadjila Khelif, has clinched Africa’s second gold medal at the ongoing Women’s World Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India.

Khelif picked up the medal the second day of the Championship on Friday after she defeated Russia’s Nadezhda Golube 5-0 in the lightweight division.

Hadjila, who was a gold medallist in the Mediterranean Games and bronze medallist at the Africa Championships in Maputo, Mozambique, was the second African winner in the women’s boxing tournament while five other boxers from Africa failed to pick any medal by the second day of the event.

On day one, Tunisian lightweight, Mariem Homrani, lost 5-0 to Romania’s Andrea Marin, while Kenya’s middleweight, Elizabeth Akinyi, was also trounced 5-0 by Lin Chien-Yu of Taipei.

Two other Kenyan pugilists, lightweight Stacy Ayoma was beaten 4-1 by Moldova’s Christina Chiper, while another lightweight, Teresia Wanjiru, lost 5-0 to India’s Shashi Chopra and Tanzania’s lightweight Beatrice Nyambega was stopped in one minute, 37 seconds of round one by India’s Jasmine Jasmine.

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