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ETHIOPIANS SWEEP 2014 OKEKPE ROAD RACE

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Agene AKHERE

An Ethiopian athlete, Teshone Asafah on Saturday won the second edition of the 2014 Okpekpe 10km Road Race in Edo State.

He finished in a record time of 28.35mins to win the cash prize of $25,000 and also beat the 2013 record of 29.49sec

The 2nd and 3rd position was won by two Kenyans, Amos Mitel and Cornelius Kangogo with 28.53mins and 29. 15mins respectively.

Meanwhile in the female category, Wooden Ayela also of Ethiopia won the 1st prize, finishing in a record time of 32. 4mins to win the cash prize of $15,000; while the 2nd and 3rd position went to Jenneth Yela also from Ethiopia and Mhiopia Debaba of Kenya in 32.52mins and 32.59mins respectively.

In the Executive category, Governor Adams Oshiomhole was announced winner just as Comrade Isah Aremu placed second position.

Addressing the crowd of participants and spectators, Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said “it is a thing of joy that Edo State is hosting the world.”

Oshiomhole, who stated that the Okpekpe 10 kilometre Road Race has become one of the events in Nigeria sports history, also noted that the race has served as a bridge between the different tribes in the society.

He also mooted the idea of organising a full marathon race at Urhonigbe, in Edo South since the area boasts long stretch of roads.