Kenyan Athletes were once again the centre of attraction at the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race after they bagged the first, second and third positions in the men’s event at the 6th edition of the competition held at Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.
Alex Kibet, Simon Cheprat and Ronoh Kiplagat finished the rain-filled race in 1st, 2nd and 3rd position at 29.47 seconds, 30.29 seconds and 30.39 seconds respectively
Kibet claimed the 20,000 dollars prize money as the winner while second-placed Cheprat and third-placed Kiplagat won 13,000 dollars and 9,000 dollars respectively.
Ethiopian runner Yami Dida won the female elite category in 33.01seconds to claim the 20,000 dollars while Tuei Chebet of Kenya and compatriot Kipyojei Chemtai emerged second and third.
Chebet finished the race in 33.33 seconds to claim the 13,000 dollars cash prize for the second-placed athlete while Chemtai emerged third in 34.24 seconds to take 9,000 dollars for her efforts.
The Nigeria Male Elite Race was won by Emmanuel Gyang while Gedion Goyet and Ismail Sodie came second and third respectively.
Deborah Pam won the Nigeria Female Elite Category followed by Rose Akusho and Hudung Gyang.
The first, second and third male and female Nigeria Elite category winners received one million Naira, N600,000 and N400,000 in that order.