Kenyan athlete, Bernard Sang, has become the winner of the maiden IAAF and AIMS 21 kilometre Marathon, tagged the Onitsha City Marathon which held on Saturday.
Sang took on all comers in the event which had over 10, 000 athletes in attendance, including locals and foreign athletes.
Part of the highlight of the race was the participation of top Nigerian and Kenyan athletes managed by renowned Sports and Culture Managers, Bunubunu Culture and Sporting Limited.
Their participation, according to reports, was their way of honouring the state governor, Chief Willie Obiano for his support to Bunu Bunu following an award night held recently in Cubana, Lagos.
It was also gathered that Chief Obiano had sent a special delegation that showed strong support and warmly received Bunu Bunu Award for Excellence in Sports, Culture and Youth Empowerment at the award night.
Earlier, the president of Bunubunu Culture and Sporting Limited, Mr Izuchukwu Udegbunam, said the athletes, namely, Allan Kemboi Biwott and Sheila Jepkosgeu Chesang, all from Kenya will join their Nigerian counterparts – Emmanuel Gyang Gwom, Adamu Shehu Muazu, Gideon Goyet Tangka, Deborah PamBadung, Mary Iho Moses and Blessing Shambor Solomon in the 21 Kilometre race as a mark of honour for the good work Governor Obiano is doing in transforming sports and culture in Anambra State.
The Onitsha City Marathon, according to organisers, is an initiative developed to discover and harness sporting talents of the teeming youths of Onitsha, Anambra State, Nigeria and Africa at large and to showcase Onitsha City on the global map as a centre of sporting excellence.
It was also revealed that the event is aimed at revolutionizing sports as a tool for Socio-Economic Development in Africa, and ultimately encourage young people to invest their energies in sports.
The Onitsha City Marathon, with prize money of ten thousand, seven thousand and five thousand dollars for first, second and thirds place finish respectively, is an Annual Marathon that would run through Onitsha metropolis.