Kenyan athletes lead Okpekpe International 10km Road Race

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 17, 2018

KENYAN Kibet Alex won the men's category of the 2018 10 kilometers Okpekpe road race yesterday in 29.46 seconds after the participants defied the heavy downpour to participate in the annual sports event.

Among dignitaries in the VIPs were former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, Edo Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, former Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Clem Agba amongst others.

The rain nearly marred the 2018 edition as it slowed down the athletes.

Governor Obaseki and Oshiomhole completed the race despite the rain.

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.

The world-class team of elite athletes expected includes World's fastest woman over 10km so far this year at 30mins 57secs, Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei of Kenya and Mary Munanu who is the fourth fastest woman over the distance this year courtesy the 31:34 she ran last January to finish third in the Valencia 10km road race.

Kibet in his remarks said the weather affected the time he planned to execute the race within. "I want to thank God for winning this race". This is my first time to be here. The course was not easy especially the finishing point. The starting point was okay but the finishing point was hilly. "The rain make the time to go worse".

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

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