Athletics Federation of Nigeria member Brown Ebewele has predicted a new men and women’s course record at the 6th Okpekpe International 10km Road Race in Okpekepe town in Edo State on May 12.
The record for the men and women’s race were set in 2014 by the Ethiopian duo Teshome Mekonnen (28:35) and Wude Ayalew (32:41).
Ever since none of the athletes has run inside 29 seconds for men and 33 seconds for women, but former international Ebewele, who is the route and participation coordinator of the race, believes all that will change this year.
He said, “I foresee another 28 minutes run for men and 32 minutes run for women in Okpekpe in May.
The elevation of the race by IAAF to a silver label status, the first in West Africa, guarantees that the elite field will be made up of athletes who have been classified as ‘silver level elite runners’ and they are those who have recorded, in the 36 months preceding the race, or in the race itself performances that are 29:00 or under for men and 33:00 or under for women.”