Lomo Joseph Tanihu of the Nippon Cycling Club produced a last-gasp performance to beat a field of national stars in a 75km charity event on Easter Sunday in aid of some orphanages.
Lomo broke away from the bunch minutes before the finishing at the Dollydot Turom World near Tetteh Quarshie Roundabout in Accra in 1:57:04 sec.
He was presented with a trophy and ¢2 million ahead of sensational William Afful of Fire Bunch and Samuel Anim of Young Stars Cycling Club respectively.
Afful and Anim took home a trophy each and a cash prize of ¢1.3 million and ¢1 million.
Veteran Philip Randolf, who was expected to mount a great challenge, placed a distant fourth and went away with ¢700,000 while Philip Oko was fifth.
Oko was also adjudged the Best Fighter at the end of the event which started from the Ohene Djan Stadium through some principal streets of Accra.
He was presented with a cash prize of ¢200,000 in addition to ¢600,000 for being fifth. Lomo won the priz of the second best fighter.
The two-day “charitable” cycling events which ended on Easter Monday was to raise an undisclosed amount of money to support some selected orphanages.
The project was put together by SL-A, an NGO based in the UK, in collaboration with the Greater Accra Cycling Association and Dollydot Turom World to give meaning to the lives of the Frafraha Orphanage, Foster Home, Peace and Love through cycling.
It is the brainchild of Sethor Lord-Attivor, Director of the NGO, who intends to sell the idea to corporate Ghana to help the less privileged in society.
Story by Daniel Kenu