Today, three Kenyan runners took home the 9,000 USD first-place prizes at the Lotus Bank 10km Abeokuta race.
In a time of 28 minutes and 33 seconds, Peter Mwaniki crossed the finish line first.
Two other Kenyans, Kennedy Kipyeko and Abraham Akobeche, placed second and third, respectively.
Another Kenyan, Charity Agofure, finished in fifth place, and a Nigerian man, Francis James (age 28), came in sixth.
Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, served as the starting point for the race, which went through Onikobolo, Panseke, Omida, Isale -Igbein, Sapon, Ijemo, Itoko, Sake, Kugba, and finally the Ake Palace.
In honour of Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo’s 80th birthday as Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Lotus Bank and Nilayo Sports Management Limited hosted a 10-kilometer race.
At precisely 8 a.m., at the Iyana Oloke starting point, the race was flagged off by the deputy governor, Engr Noimot Salako – Oyedele, and Oba Gbadebo.
Salako-Oyedele commended the athletes and promised that the state government would maintain its commitment to supporting sports.
She remarked, “It’s an opening for people to begin exploring careers in sports. His Majesty is dedicated to helping young people succeed.
In anticipation of Ogun State’s hosting of the National Sport Festival in 2024, the local organising committee is appealing to young people to take part in the event and watch it as spectators.
More than two thousand athletes from China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya took part in the competition.