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Mauritian sprinter Aleander Mayar claims gold in elite and under 23 road race at African Games

March 11, 2024
Mauritian sprinter Aleander Mayar claims gold in elite and under 23 road race at African Games

On the second day of the , Mauritian sprinter Aleander Mayar seized victory in the elite and under 23 road race, securing the gold medal with an impressive time of 3 hours, 6 minutes, and 1 second.

The highly anticipated event, which unfolded over a challenging course spanning 137.5 kilometres, witnessed fierce competition among 56 cyclists vying for top honours.

Mayar's victory unfolded as a stunning surprise to spectators and experts alike. Despite starting the race at a seemingly subdued pace, he executed a remarkable breakaway manoeuvre that propelled him to an unparalleled finish, clinching the prestigious gold medal in the men's elite division.

's Dillian Geary emerged as the closest contender, securing second place with a spirited chase in the final lap, while Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedlein of and Algerian sprinter Azzerdin Lagab claimed third and fourth positions respectively.

Notably, 37 riders, including seven under 23 cyclists, either fell behind or failed to complete the grueling race, underscoring the immense challenges posed by the demanding course.

With this victory, ascends to fourth place on the medal table, boasting an impressive tally of three gold medals, one silver, and one bronze, further solidifying its presence as a formidable force in the African Games arena.

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