East Africans show class, win Okpekpe race in Edo

Gov. Adams Oshiomhole and other VIPs at the Okpekpe Mountain Race in Edo State

Jethro Ibileke/Okpekpe Athletes from East Africa have again shown their dominance of long distance race in the African continent, as they clinched all prizes in this year’s Okpekpe International Mountain Race which held today.

In this year’s edition of the 10-kilometre ‎International Association of Athletic Federation (IAAF)-recognised (Bronze category) race, athletes from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda came first, second and third respectively in the male category, while athletes from Kenya came first and second in the female category, and an Ethiopian came third.

The event began at about 8.45 am, with hundreds of participating local, national and international athletes taking off at the starting line, while Edo state Governor, Adams Oshiomhole‎, who led the VIP category, took off at the starting line 30 minutes later.

Assorted fruits and bottle water ‎were provided by organisers at strategic points to refresh the athletes.

Simon Cheproch, a Kenyan athlete won the gold prize of $15,000 after breasting the finishing line at 29.48 minutes.

The silver medal was clinched by a Tanzanian, Ishmael Jumagalet at a time of 29.50 minutes. He went home with $10,000, while Timothy Tonch from Uganda who breasted the ‎line at 29.54 minutes came third. He won the $7000 prize money for bronze.

In the female international category, Pollin Njeru and Ndiema Esther, both Kenyans, came first and second respectively while Buzunesh Gudeta of Ethiopia came third.

In the Nigeria category (male), Adamu Shehu Muazu (32.36 mins), Stephen Joshua (32.37 mins) and Emmanuel Gyang (32.39 mins) came first, second and third respectively. They also went home with N250,000, N100,000 and N80,000 respectively.

Deborah‎ Pam, Sarah Olamide Oluwasuen and Elisabeth Nuhu Bawa came first, second and third. They went home with N250, 000, N100, 000 and N80,000 respectively, in the female category.

In his speech, Governor Adams Oshiomhole who also ran the‎ entire 10 kilometres with some other …Read More

Source:: PM Newspaper