Bahraini wins Okpekpe 10km road race

Bahraini wins Okpekpe 10km road race

Fikadu Dawit , a Bahraini athlete, on Saturday won the seventh edition of the Okpekpe International 10 km Road Race at Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State .

Dawit emerged the winner of the race ’s 2019 edition with a time of 29 minutes three seconds to claim the 20 , 000 dollars prize money.

Berehanu Tsegu from Ethiopia came second , returning after 29 mins four secs for a 13 , 000 dollars cash prize.

John Lotiang of Kenya was third with 29 mins 17 secs for a 9,000 dollars prize money.

Dawit who won the male category tagged “ Elite men athletes’’ said he was very delighted to have emerged the overall winner of the competition .

Lliya Mwanta from Kenya won the elite female athletes category with 33 mins 14 secs and was followed by Tuitoek Jepchir from Kenya who returned 33 mins 18 secs .

Kasegn Asefa from Ethiopia emerged third with 33 mins 31 secs .

The winner of the female elite category was awarded 20 ,000 dollars and the second – placed athlete 13 ,000 dollars, while the third place winner got 9 ,000 dollars.

The Minister of Youths and Sports Development , Solomon Dalung , who also participated in the Very Important Person ( VIP ) category , commended the organisers of the competition for the improvement.

Also speaking, Edo ’ s Deputy Governor , Philip Shaibu , applauded the organisers for their efforts in trying to upgrade the competition to a gold medal event .

( NAN )

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