Plateau athletes dominate Power Pasta half-marathon in PH




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By SundiataPOST, Abuja

Plateau athletes emerged the male and female champions at the maiden -day national half marathon organised by Power Pasta.
Gideon Goyet finished the 1hr, 10 mins, 0.85 secs, while Deborah Padu finished 1hr, 23 mins, 22.20 secs, to win the and women’s events, respectively.
Emmanuel Gyang and Shehu Muazu, also from Plateau, emerged the second and third best finishers the male category.
In the female category, Elizabeth Nugu from Nasarawa and Pereia Bukola from Lagos emerged second and third, respectively.
Mr Barisi Wifa, the Publicity Secretary, Rivers Council, presented cheques of N1 million each, to winners of the male and female events.
The runners-up in the male and female categories received N500,000 each, while third-place finishers in the male and female categories received N200,000 each.
Wifa added that those who finished in the fourth to the 20th in the categories, would smile home with consolation prizes of N10,000 to N20,000 each.
Earlier, the Rivers Commissioner for , Mr Fred Igwe, while flagging off the , thanked Power Pasta for making the host city.
Igwe noted that was becoming a popular destination for all kinds of events.
Also speaking, the representative of Power Pasta, Mr Checker Karan, wished the participants luck as they pursued careers in the future.
Karan, who was also the coordinator of the race, described the marathon as a conduit which talents would be discovered for international events.
Gyang, who emerged second in the male category, dedicated his success to his parents.
He said his determination to take to places would be manifested at the upcoming Obudu mountain race.