Kenyans dominate Okpekpe International 10km Road Race

Kenyan athletes on Saturday won the first, second and third positions at the 6th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race at Okpekpe in Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo. The event held under heavy rains.

Alex Kibet won the race in 29.47seconds to claim the $20,000 prize money.

Simon Cheprat came second, returning in 30.29 seconds for the $13,000 cash prize, while Ronoh Kiplagat was third with a time of 30.39 seconds and received $9,000.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that rain almost marred the 2018 edition as it slowed down the athletes.

Kibet said that it was very difficult to run under the rain but that he was happy to emerge the winner.

Yami Dida from Ethiopia won the female elite category in 33.01seconds while Tuei Chebet from Kenya came second in 33.33 seconds. Kipyojei Chemtai also from Kenya emerged third in 34.24 seconds.

The winner of the female elite category got 20,000 dollars while Chebet and Chemati got $13,000 and $9,000 for their efforts.

Emmanuel Gyang won the Nigeria Male Elite race, Gedion Goyet came second, while Ismail Sodie came third.

Deborah Pam won the Nigeria Female Elite Category, Rose Akusho came second and Hudung Gyang came third.

The first, second and third male and female Nigeria Elite category winners got one million Naira, N600,000 and N400,000 in that order.