Lotus Abeokuta 10km Race: Kenyan Athletes Dominate Contest, Clinch $9,000 Cash Prizes - EDU-BIZNEWS


Saturday, September 9, 2023

Lotus Abeokuta 10km Race: Kenyan Athletes Dominate Contest, Clinch $9,000 Cash Prizes

The trio of Kenyan athletes, Peter Mwaniki
Kennedy Kipyeko and Abraham Akobeche dominated the Saturday's Lotus Bank Abeokuta 10km Race, finishing in the top three positions, in the marathon competition organized as part of activities marking the 80th birthday of the Alake of Egbaland,Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo 

Mwaniki won the $5,000 first-winner prize money after recording  28:33 seconds to cross the finish line as champion of the marathon race while his compatriots Kennedy Kipyeko won the $3,000 first runner-up prize money, and Abraham Akobeche  came third with $1,000.

Project Manager of the event, Seyi Johnson says the 10km race is an international event held annually by Nilayo Sports Management.

According to him , the race commenced from the Onikolobo area of Abeokuta, saw over 2,000 local and international athletes passing through the Panseke, Ibara, Isale-Igbein, Sapon, Itoko, Arinlese en route Saje, Kugba, Adatan, Isale-Ake and terminated at the Alake's palace in Ake as the finished line.

In an interview with Sports journalists, the international athletes expressed their delight at the quality of roads in Ogun State, saying it made the race much more easier and enjoyable.

According to Peter Mwaniki, the overall winner, the smooth road network enhanced his mobility.

"The roads are very good, and it made the race much easier for me and increased my mobility. I am very impressed with the infrastructure in Ogun State."

Athletes from China, Ethiopia, and Kenya who participated in the just concluded Lotus Bank/Abeokuta 10Km race held in the Ogun state capital on Saturday have commended the Ogun State Government for its investment on good road network.

A Chinese runner from Hong Kong, Mark Chen agreed, saying that the good roads had helped him to achieve her best time in the marathon.

"I am very happy with my performance today," he said. 

"The roads were very good, and it helped me to run my best time. I will like to come here again for another marathon race".

The Deputy Governor of the State, Noimot Salako-Oyedele congratulated all the Athletes and assured that the government will continue to invest heavily in youth sports. 

"It's an opportunity for people to start to look for a career in sport.  His excellency is committed to youth development. As we look forward to 2024, that Ogun state will be hosting the National Sport Festival, we also call upon youths to support our local organizing committee to participate and also be spectators."

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