For the first time since its inception, the IAAF Silver Label Okpekpe Road Race has produced a non-African winner.
Fikadu Dawit from Bahrain emerged as the overall winner of the male race at this year’s event having finished in a time of 29.03secs.
Berehanu Tsegu from Ethiopia with a time of 29.04 and John Lotiang from Kenya with a time of 29.17 finished in second and third place respectively.
In the female category, Sheela Chelangat from Kenya was the top finisher, winning with a time of 33.14, while her compatriot Tuitoek Jepchirchrir, who reached the finish line after 33.18secs, finished in second place.
Gudeta Getachew was the third female runner with a time of 33.41secs
There was excitement in the Nigerian category where a couple emerged victorious in male and female categories respectively.
Emmanuel Gyan Gwom was the first Nigerian runner with a time of 31.42secs, while his wife Deborah won the female category.
Deborah had won all the previous editions in this category.