A 19 year-old girl, Deborah Pam of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Plateau Command, has won the female category of the ICPC/Splash FM marathon race in Ibadan.
Pam, who alongside Harris Ismail from Plateau won both categories of the 5th edition of the 42km race having completed the event in 3hrs, 06mins, 51secs and 2hrs, 39min, 58secs respectively.
Reports has it that Pam emerged in the female category with Aderonke Olumudi and Elizabeth Nuhu came second and third respectively.
While Philip Shaburutu and Danjuma Gyang lined up behind Ismail.
Pam and Ismail told Newsmen that their success in the race stemmed from their commitment towards the event.
However, Olumudi, who hailed from Oyo, appealed to the government for assistance, adding that it would help her a lot in pursuing her international career in marathon race.
The runner-up in the female category told Newsmen that she also emerged the 2nd overall best in the Obudu mountain race held in November 2012,
According to her, “I will drop the country for any other if I find help there”
Chief Adebayo Akande, the Chief Executive Officer of Splash FM, told newsmen that it was a good performance from the athletes that participated.
“It was a better performance, though; it is yet to meet up with the world record of 2hrs, 10mins for the 42km race.
“I hope with commitment and constant training, we will get there,” he said.
Akande also disclosed that the next edition would be an international event, adding that it would feature notable international athletes.
Meanwhile the Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, has commended Chief Adebayo Akande for initiating such an epochal event, adding that it would further uplift sports in the country.
Abdullahi noted that the internalisation of the event would add glamour to it, adding that he was elated at seeing young Nigerians participating in the event.
“I am happy to see the young ones participating in this event and I will speak with Chief Akande because making it international will add more glamour and attract sponsorships,” he said.
The 5th edition of the marathon race was flagged-off at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium by the Minister of Sports, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi.