21.01.2003 Sports News

Bruno Wins Euro-African Grand Prix

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Frenchman Legueric Bruno was a hero at the Mataheko cycling race course last Sunday when he outpaced over 15 Ghanaian cyclists and five fellow Europeans to emerge champion of the Euro-African Grand Prix International Cycling Competition.

Bruno whose name was on the lips of every cycling fan at Mataheko showed traces of his desire to win the ultimate by intentionally retiring from the European and general elimination races to store enough energy for the champion of champions.

He completed the criterion race of 15 rounds making a total of 30 kilometres, clocking 25:57:32 seconds to win the race.

Bruno started picking up his position in the last four rounds of the criterion when he was among the first four leading cyclists in the race and managed to beat his fellow Europeans to take a lead in the last two rounds and eventually became the winner.

The Europeans dominated the criterion race as Duclos Sebastien of Spain came second in 25:57:51seconds while another French man, Barbara Seigei, settled for the third place in 25:58:68 seconds.

Ghana's Emmanuel Amoako who was leading by the count of the last eight rounds, managed to pick the fourth position in 25:59:46 seconds while two time winner of Tour Du Ghana John Zomelo, had no place in the criterion race.

Bruno again won the Speed by elimination race, beating Ghana's John Zomelo to the second place with Fraboulet Thomas of Belgium coming third.

Zomelo, whose cycling prowess has made him popular at Mataheko, managed to compensate his fans by winning the general elimination race.

In the European Elimination race, Fraboulet Thomas of Belgium put in a last minute power to scale over Duclos Sebastien of Spain.

There was a close contest between Joseph Annan and Rudolf Mensah in the Ghanaian Elimination race, but Annan proved his status as the senior most cyclist, when he beat Mensah in the last round to win the event.

Trophies were presented to all the five who won the various events at the end of the event.

The one-day yearly Euro-Africa Grand Prix is organised by SPORPUB International to some selected African countries to tap the talents from the Europeans to enrich that of the Africans.

The programme kick-started from Niger on January 15 and moved to Burkina Faso three days later. It stops at Benin on the 25th, Togo a day later and ends at Senegal on February 1.

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