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Sadjo, Daylop target top prize at 2021 Warri/Effurun Peace Marathon

As preparations reach top gears for the 2021 Warri/Effurun Peace Marathon billed for November 27, two Nigerian long-distance runners, Ismael Sadjo and Stephen Joshua Daylop

As preparations reach top gears for the 2021 Warri/Effurun Peace Marathon billed for November 27, two Nigerian long-distance runners, Ismael Sadjo and Stephen Joshua Daylop, are not only targeting the 10km race top prize but also aiming at making world standard times.

Sadjo and Daylop finished first and second respectively at the Abeokuta 10km last week, but are now poised to run again at the Warri/Effurun peace marathon.

The duo and other runners are motivated to give their best, not minding the fatigue from the previous race.

“I’m glad we have so many races in Nigeria now, and it is good for us long-distance runners. Going to the Warri/Effurun marathon, I am not just motivated by the prize money, but the urge to run a world standard time is pushing me on,” Sadjo said.

Sadio is one of the athletes discovered at the Cross River State grassroots sports development initiative.

On his part, Daylop said he is looking forward to the WEPM.

“I am preparing very well for the race. I was second in Abeokuta, and my aim is to win and also improve on my time.

“We, long-distance runners, are happy with the many opportunities we have to compete in local competitions. But we want to also be competing in international marathons and do well just like the east African runners.”