Kogi-born Athlete, Olumudi, Eyes Gold In US Marathon
Targets Rio 2016 Olympics Medal For Nigeria
Nigerian-born long distance runner, Aderonke Olumudi, is targeting a gold medal in today’s GE Irving Half Marathon race, after she grabbed a silver and bronze in her two opening races in the United States.
The 20-year-old, who is competing in her third marathon race, is confident of improving on her Personal Best time to clinch the top prize in Dallas.
More than 2,500 runners are expected to participate in the 2015 GE Irving Marathon starting at 7:30 a.m. local time today. The runners will commence their journey from the Irving Convention Center through Las Colinas before arriving at the Campión Trail. The athletes are expected to run on paved surfaces.
Earlier, Olumudi overcame weather challenges to settle for the women’s silver at the 13th Bearathon half-marathon and five-kilometer race in the town of Waco, USA, on Saturday, March 21. Olumudi had made headlines in Texas a week earlier, when she clinched a bronze in the Longview Marathon.
“I’ve really worked hard to be here,” she said during the week. “My dream is to win the gold medal on Saturday (today). I believe it is possible though it may be tough, but God will help me.”
The Kogi-born athlete, who was reported to have put up some of her belongings for sale to raise funds to compete in the US marathon races, revealed that her dream is to win a medal at the Rio 2016 Olympics for Nigeria.
“I am grateful to God because I don’t know who would have helped me. I am so happy, and thanks to everyone who have helped me to come this far. I want to be at the next Olympics and optimistic I can win gold,” she said.
Olumudi is expected to move to Clemont, Florida, to compete in another race, Lake Minneola Half Marathon, billed for April 25.
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