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Okpekpe Race Champion, Ebenyo Wins Silver At World Athletics Road Running Championships

Okpekpe Race Champion, Ebenyo Wins Silver At World Athletics Road Running Championships

Daniel Simiu Ebenyo, the 2023 Okpekpe International 10km Road Race champion and record holder, ran the second fastest half marathon of his career (59.14) to claim his second global silver medal at the inaugural edition of the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga, Latvia.

Last month in Budapest, Hungary, the 27-year-old ran 27:52.60 to win the 10,000m silver medal in his debut at the World Athletics Championships.

The Kenyan also raced inside 27 minutes in the 10,000m (26:57.80) for the first time in his career when he won the event at the Memorial van Damme in Brussels, Belgium, his debut appearance in the Wanda Diamond League, athletics’ premier one-day series.

Ebenyo has continued to make waves since he ran 28:28 to set a new course record at the ninth edition of the Okpekpe International 10km Road Race in Okpekpe
in Edo state of Nigeria.

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The reigning Kenya 5000m champion told the media after the race in Okpekpe that he was targetting podium appearances in his debut at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Okpekpe road race’s Media and Activation Director, Dare Esan is thrilled the race in the rusty village of Okpekpe has proved to be a successful launching pad for Ebenyo to take on the world in outdoor championships for the first time in his career.

“Daniel was a delight to interview at the Okpekpe Race and boasted he would break the 28:35 course record set in 2014 by Ethiopia’s Teshome Mekonen.

“We are delighted he not only did but also fulfilled expectations first at World Athletics’ flagship event and just on Saturday at the World Athletics Road Running Championships in Riga,” said Esan.


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