Two Kenyan marathoners, George Wayaiki and Peninah Kigen made historical past by profitable the 2d edition of the Millennium Marathon which took place in Accra, Ghana on Saturday, September three, 2016.
The walking duo maintained their nation’s status as champions in long distance jogging as they cleared the winner’s prizes, however it was Ghanaians who drove away the 2 company new Peugeot salon cars as runners-up in the guys’s and women’s races.
The 2 Kenyans dominated the race involving over 7,000 neighborhood and foreign runners, including para-athletes riding in wheel chairs, as they battled for the mouth-watering prizes or participated in the 5km occasion for households, corporate bodies, keep fit clubs and runners who simply wanted to engage in activity for the fun of it.
Wayaiki, 25, crossed the finish line in a time of 1:05:24 hours while Peninah accomplished the 21km race in 1:18:42 hours to the satisfaction spectators on the Black big name square.
Nonetheless, there was a lot of cheers for Ghana’s running princess Sakat Lariba and standard Malik Yakubu when they crossed the finish line as first runners-up of their respective races to guarantee for themselves two new Peugeot automobiles plus GH¢25,000 every.
For 24-year-old Wayaiki, who misplaced to Ethiopian Terefa Debele in last yr’s competitors, the skilled he gathered from the maiden occasion enabled him run a tactical race final Saturday as he paced himself good alongside the 21-kilometre stretch earlier than breaking away in the final three kilometres.
Former Ghana marathon queen, Millicent Boadi, and 2011 Milo Marathon champion, Arkuka Williams, who finished second and third in the feminine and male divisions in the maiden occasion, didn’t fortify upon last year’s performance as they positioned fifth and eighth respectively.
In a publish-occasion interview, 25-12 months historic Peninah, who has participated and received many international competitions informed the media she did not wrestle to win her division when you consider that she had all set several months forward of the competitors.
“i am very completely satisfied to win this competitors in these days considering that I prepared for almost three months. It used to be not a difficult race for me given that i have been doing this all my lifestyles,” the Kenyan said.
Colombia’s Andres Camilo Camargo finished in fourth position within the guys’s event to take dwelling a money prize of GH¢10,000 and a medal.
The race, which had Mexican athletics legend Ana Guevara reward as a detailed visitor, began at 6 a.M. From the Black superstar rectangular by means of to the John Evans Atta Mills excessive road, WATO avenue, Kwame Nkrumah Avenue, Liberation avenue, countrywide Theatre, Independence Avenue, 37 army health facility street, El Wak Stadium, Burma Camp, exchange reasonable road and again to the Black famous person square.