Three Kenyan athletes, Peter Mwaniki, Kennedy Kipyeko, and Abraham Akobeche, emerged as the first, second, and third winners of the Lotus Bank 10km Abeokuta race, pocketing $9,000 in prize money.
Africa Sport Network (ASN) reports that about 2,000 athletes from China, Nigeria, Ethiopia, and Kenya participated in the race held in Abeokuta on Saturday. Peter Mwaniki from Kenya raced in 28:13 seconds to emerge as the winner, while Kennedy Kipyeko and Abraham Akobeche, also Kenyans, won second and third positions, respectively.
Charity Agofure, another Kenyan athlete, came in fourth, while 28-year-old Francis James from Nigeria clinched fifth place. The race began from Iyana Oloke, through Onikobolo, Panseke, Omida, Isale-Igbein, Sapon, down to Ijemo, Itoko, Sake, and Kugba, and ended at the Ake Palace in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital.
The 10km race was organised by Lotus Bank and Nilayo Sports Management Limited in commemoration of the 80th birthday of the Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
The Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako-Oyedele, flanked by Oba Gbadebo, flagged off the race at exactly 8 a.m. at the Iyana Oloke starting point. Salako-Oyedele congratulated all the athletes and assured them that the state government would continue to invest in sports development.
She said, “It’s an opportunity for people to start to look for a career in sports." His Excellency is committed to youth development. "
"As we look forward to 2024, when Ogun State will be hosting the National Sports Festival, we also call upon youths to support our local organising committee to participate and also be spectators.”