16-year-old wins 7.5km marathon race in 27 minutes

Sunday Ojoko completed the 7.5km race in 27.18 minutes to emerge champion for the second year running.

Nigerias hope of ruling the race tracks may still be alive as a 16-year-old, Sunday Ojoko, yesterday emerged winner of a the 2nd Ikogosi Warm Spring Marathon Race.

Ojoko, a native of Ijero-Ekiti in Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti, won the 7.5km race in 27.18 minutes.

He beat second placed Ojo Ayobami finished who crossed the finish line at 28.38 minutes, third-placed Samuel Sunday who posted 29.52 minutes and 84 other athletes.

Ojoko was rewarded with N50,000 and other gift items the Ekiti state government and individuals while the first and second runner-up got N30, 000 and N20, 000 respectively.

Reports say the winning trio also received gifts from telecommunications giants MTN and Airtel Nigeria.

Ekiti State Sports Council General Manager, Kayode Adewunmi, the annual event was organised to discover talents who could represent the state in long distance races at National competitions.

Student Pulse gathered that Ojoko won the maiden edition of the marathon in 2013.

He might well be his state's, and indeed Nigeria’s hope in future competitions.


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