Ethiopians win Obudu Mountain Race

Obudu mountain racers [Photo: athleticsafrica.com]

The Australian High Commissioner also participated in the race.

Two Ethiopians won the male and female editions of the 2012 Obudu Mountain Race in Cross River State.

Abebe Dinkesa won in the male category while his compatriot, Etenesh Dironeda, won in the female category.

Each of the winners went home with the $50 thousand prize money.

Dinkesa, who had previously won the event at the 2008 edition of the annual mountain race, commended the organisers of the event.

“I really enjoyed participating and I think the authorities have done very well and the World Mountain Running Association has done a great job too.

“I am not as well prepared as someone might think but I try to keep fit all year and do a couple of 10 to 12 kilometres run each week. It is helpful to be healthy and fit and not indulge in excessive eating,’’ he said.

The Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ian Mconville, also commended the organisers of the Race and assured of his country’s resolve to collaborate with Nigeria in sports development.

Mr. Mconville was among 100 professional mountain runners who participated in the race at the Obudu Mountain Resort.

The high commissioner said he was happy to hit the 12.3 kilometre race with “some wonderful world class in the athletes.”

He added that though it was the first time he participated in the Obudu race, he would participate in subsequent editions.

He said there were possibilities for collaboration in sports between Nigeria and Australia.

“Absolutely, we work very closely with Nigeria. Nigeria and Australia, of course, are sporting nations and we work closely in a number of areas.

“So, I think sporting collaboration is a very good area for us to work together and we will encourage that,” he said.


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