Ethiopians, Kenyans display superiority in Okpekpe race second time

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AUCHI – Ethiopian and Kenyan runners dominated the Okpekpe 10km race on Saturday, sweeping the honours for the second time the male and female categories.

Ethiopia’s Eshom Mnen, Amos Ikiplimo and Gornelius Kangogo emerged first, second and third respectively the male category.

They won times of 28mins 36seconds, 28mins 53secs and 29mins 01secs respectively.

’s Wundi Ayella, Genet Yallew and Berhame Dirbaba also emerged first, second and third respectively the female category.

They won times of 32 mins 41 secs, 32 mins 52 secs and 32 mins 59 secs respectively.

The race also saw Gov. Adams of Edo emerging the winner in the VIP category a record time of one hour 20 minutes.

In remarks after the race, said the message behind the event mattered than the prize money.

He said the event had shown that Africa united, as against the negative perception by the world about Nigeria as a result of the insurgency.

expressed delight that the hosted the world, noting that the Okpekpe community had been placed on the world map the event.

The governor, however, criticised the disparity in the prizes, saying “women must have equal compensation as men for equal work done. believe in gender equality’’.

He said further that the Edo working on holding a full marathon race in Urhonigbe in the Orhiomwon Local Area of the .

encourage the organisers of this event to work on that between now and December, and the Edo will support them,’’ Oshiomhole said.(NAN)