Kenyans win Okpekpe International 10km Road Race

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

The rain began ten minutes after the VIPs race kicked off.

The race also saw the Minister of Sports Solomon Dalung, Governor Godwin Obaseki, his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu and the state's First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, and other dignitaries, defy the heavy downpour to compete.

Foreign athletes including their Nigeria counterpart had earlier began their race 20 minutes before the rain began.

Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole completed the race despite the rain.

It was a day of glory for athletes from Kenya as they won in the male categories while an Ethiopian, Yani Dera Dida won the female category, leaving the second and third for the Kenyans.

A total of $112,000 is on offer as prize money to the top eight finishers in the men and women's elite race with the victor in each gender category going home with $20,000, while $13,000 and $9,000 respectively will go to the second and third placed finishers.

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Speaking to newsmen, Kibet said the weather affected his time.

His words, "I want to thank God for winning this race". This is my first time here, and the course was not easy, especially the finishing point.

The starting point was okay, but the finishing point was hilly.

The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday said there was the need for more corporate bodies to sponsor the Okpekpe 10 km worldwide road race. "The rain make the time to go worse". Igantious Onimawo, led students and top management staff of the institution to run against cultism.

Onimawo said cultism has become a menace in the society that needs to be eradicated.

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