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Ebenyo Laments Injury Woe, Dashed Okpekpe10km Road Race Dream

Ebenyo Laments Injury Woe, Dashed Okpekpe10km Road Race DreamEbenyo breasts the tape at finish line to win the 2023 men's Okpekpe 10km Road Race

Daniel Ebenyo says his dream of becoming the first man to successfully defend an Okpekpe 10km Race title has been derailed by injury.

The Kenyan is also lamenting his inability to be the first man to break 28 minutes at the race after setting a 28:28 course record in 2023.

The 28 year old won the men’s title last year and had promised to return this year to his second country, Nigeria but an injury he sustained in training means he will not be in Okpekpe to defend his title.

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“I had a dream to be the first man to defend my title and and run another course record but definitely I can’t again,” wrote the Kenyan in a message to the Okpekpe Race Media.

Ebenyo, like the good sportsman that he is, is wishing the athletes who will compete for honours this year all the best.

“I am hereby wishing all the runners all the best and may the best athlete win,” said Ebenyo.

Ebenyo also has nice words for the organisers of the world class, gold label 10km road race.

“Okpekpe is always a bridge and a mother to all races in Africa. God bless Okpekpe and God bless the organiser of the race. See you next year,” wrote Ebenyo who made the podium at both the World Athletics Championships in Budapest and World Athletics Road Running championships in Riga after emerging Okpekpe race champion last year.

This year’s race is the 10th in the series and organisers have assured of another world class event come May 25 in Okpekpe in Edo State of Nigeria.

The race is the first road race in Nigeria to have its course measured by a World Athletics’ certified measurer and the first in West Africa to be granted label status to depict its world class status.


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