NAN reports that it was the first time it would be raining during the annual worldwide road race which holds in Okpekpe in the Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo.
Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes, yesterday, carted home top prizes in both the male and female categories of the 2018 Okpekpe 10 kilometre race in Edo State.
Josphat Kiprono Menjo, the man who holds the fourth fastest time in history of the 10km (27:04) and his Kenyan compatriot, Ronoh Timothy Kiplagat who has broken 28 minutes (27:52) over the distance this year will also be at the race.
Among dignitaries in the VIPs were former Governor Adams Oshiomhole, Governor Godwin Obaseki, Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, Edo Deputy Governor, Hon Philip Shaibu, Edo First Lady, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, former Commissioner for Environment, Mr. Clem Agba amongst others.
Foreign athletes including their Nigeria counterpart had earlier began their race 20 minutes before the rain began.
In the female category, two Kenyan athletes, Tuei Sandra Chebey and Kipyokei Diana finished in second and third positions.
Kibet in his remarks said the weather affected the time he planned to execute the race within.
His words, "I want to thank God for winning this race". This is my first time to be here. The starting point was okay but the finishing point was hilly.
The Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, on Saturday said there was the need for more corporate bodies to sponsor the Okpekpe 10 km global road race. Igantious Onimawo, led students and top management staff of the institution to run against cultism.
Prof. Onimawo said cultism has become a menace in the society that need to be eradicated.