A 21-year-old Kenyan athlete, Biwott Kemboi, on Saturday defeated over 3,000 athletes from 18 countries in the Abeokuta to win the JAC Motors Abeokuta 10km Race 2019.
Kemboi who completed the race in 28mins 76secs, went home with $5,000 cash prize for the winner of the male category.
Ethiopian, Tadu Nare, who crossed the finish line in 33mins 43secs, claimed $5,000 for emerging winner in the female category prize.
Both second and third positions in the male category went to two Ethiopians Rotich John and Alemneh Tegene, who completed the race in 29mins 04secs, and 30mins 16secs respectively.
Nigerian athlete, Emmanuel Gyang, got N1,000,000 for emerging the country’s first athlete and fourth overall in the male category, after finishing in 31mins 01secs.
Fadekemi Olude received N1,000,000 for emerging the first Nigerian female athlete in the event in 37mins 29 secs.
Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, while presenting the medals to the winners, lauded the organiser of the race and Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, Bukola Olopade, for bringing the race to the state.
Abiodun described sports as a unifying factor, promising that his government would brand and uplift the state through sporting events.
Abiodun branded himself as a governor who is fit and healthy, saying he demonstrates that through 30 minutes exercise daily.
“I am not an unfit governor. I do exercises 30 minutes every day. I have done that today and I can demonstrate that to you. I regret I did not come early to join them in the race. I am a healthy governor,” Abiodun said.