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Olude vows to reclaim Access Bank Lagos City Marathon title


Olude Fadekemi, who lost the first position among Nigerian women runners at the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, has vowed to reclaim her crown at next month’s race.

Olude, the current national record holder in the 20km Walk Race, finished as the number one Nigeria woman at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, but she dropped to second place in 2018, losing the crown to Deborah Pam.

But in her bid to reclaim the number one position at the 2019 Marathon, Olude said she has since stepped up her training schedule, working extra hard to ensure a resounding victory this term.“I was not too happy that I could not defend my title last year. I only finished in second place but this year, I want the first position again,” she said.

Olude had a memorable 2018 in which she represented Nigeria at the Commonwealth Games in Australia and also won a gold medal winner at the National Sports Festival, among many other accomplishments, but she is keen to start 2019 brightly with a win at the Lagos Marathon.“The year 2018 was very good for me, but of course I want 2019 to be better, starting with the Lagos Marathon. “I will also be competing at the African Games and many other competitions this year,” Olude said.

She identified Deborah Pam as her major threat at the 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, but promised to give her a run for her money this year.The organisers have a separate prize category, outside the general prizes for all runners from across the world, as a means of encouraging Nigerian runners.

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