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Former world champion joins Okpekpe race

A former International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Cross Country champion, Joseph Ebuya of Kenya has been confirmed as one of the elite athletes that will race for the $25,000 top prize money at the second Okpekpe 10km road race on May 3 in Edo state.

Making this confirmation on Thursday in Lagos was a former African long jump record holder, Yusuf Ali who is the competition manager.

Ali said that Ebuya who holds a personal 10km best of 27:22 and ran 33:00 to win the world title in Bydgoszcz, Poland  four years ago will lead a cast of notable world class stars that includes 2009 Boston and Houston Marathon winner Deriba Merga of Ethiopia as well as Kenya’s Moses Masai who won the inaugural edition of the race last year.

He said, “We also have Philemon Rono from Kenya who won the men’s title at the 9th Obudu international mountain race last year and Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo who last February won the 63rd annual Beppu-Otta marathon – an IAAF silver-label road race in Japan.  We also have Ethiopia’s Fatuma Sado who has won marathons in Hamburg, Los Angeles and Xiamen in China.”

‘There is no doubt that this year’s edition of the Okpekpe road race will be bigger and more glamorous than the inaugural edition. In fact our objective is to make it one of the biggest 10km road races in the world. Pamodzi Sports marketing has done well for adding value to athletics in Nigeria.”

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