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Walelegn, Tuei lead world class elite runners to Okpekpe Race

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[File] Governor Godwin Obaseki presenting the winning trophy to Leul Gabriesialse, winner of the race…yesterday. Inset Obaseki shooting gun to signal start of race<br />

Ethiopia’s Amedework Walelegn and Kenya’s Sandrafelis Chebet Tuei will lead a truly world class elite cast of athletes to the sixth Okpekpe International 10km Road Race scheduled to hold next weekend in Okpekpe near Auchi in Edo State.

Walelegn is the third fastest man over the 10km race so far this year courtesy the 27:37 seconds he ran last March to win the Laredo 10km road race on March 11 in Laredo, a town in the autonomous community of Cantabria located between the cities of Santander and Bilbao in Spain.

He will be challenged for the $20,000 top prize money for men by Kenyan trio of Timothy Kiplagat, who came third (27:52) behind the Ethiopian at the Laredo race, Josphat Kiprono Menjo, who came fifth (28:28) at the Valencia 10km road race in January and holds the fourth fastest time of all-time (27:04) and 2016 winner, Simon Cheprot, who will be coming to chase history as the first man to win two Okpekpe titles.

For the women, Kenya’s Tuei will be the athlete to beat. She is the fastest woman over the distance so far this year courtesy the 30:57 seconds she ran to win the Valencia 10km road race in January.

Her time is the 36th joint fastest on the all-time list and she will be hoping to become the fourth Kenyan woman to win the title.


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