A 7-years old German-Nigeria born girl, Lorelay Holzendorff, on Saturday took the shine off the other elites athletes when she came 7th with a time of 1:40minues at the second edition of the annual Owan Marathon race.
The primary fours pupil that she has been training as a long distance runner since the age of three.
The elite’ race which was dominated by elites athletes form outside Owan saw the winner of the first Edition, Gabriel Adewale falling behind to 3rd in the overall position with a time of 1 hours 9 minuets.
This year’s edition was won by Edetanlen Moses with a time of 58 minutes 40 seconds, while Davidson Oluafi came behind with a time of 1 hour 2 minutes.
Okosun Osamudiamen, who ran a time of 1hour 5 minutes, came third position in the male category of the race.
Similarly, Kingsley Asede won the female category with a time of 1 hour 6 minutes, and was followed closely by Ikerede Peace, 1hour 16 minutes and Fidelis Faith, 1 hour 19 minutes, and came second and third respectively.
The State Sports Commission chairman, Godwin Dudu-Orumen, who commended the organiser of the race, said the state government placed high premium on sports.
He said this account for the reason why the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium is been renovated while 20 mini-stadium is being built across the 18 Local Government Area of Edo.
On his part, the chairman of Owan West Local Government Area, Frank Ilaboya, said the council would collaborate with anybody who is ready to constructively engage the youths.
“The best way to curb social vices is through engagement, our priority as a council is youths empowerment and we will support anybody wiling to assist in this direction,” he stated.
He urged the athletes not to relent as they have just started a journey that would change their lives positively.
The Organiser of the annual 10km race, Christopher Ojo, promised that the 2020 would be better.
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