Lagos - Nigeria foremost female marathoner, Aderonke Olumudi
has her eyes set on winning the top prize at the 2017 Lagos City Marathon and
she is not scared of local and foreign elites.
Tipped to be the first Nigerian to finish at the 2016
edition and give the foreign elites a tough fight, Olumudi got injured in the
run up to the race, the pains of being a spectator in a race she has all it
takes to be a front runner is still fresh in her memory.
Speaking from the United States of America where she is
currently training for the February 11 race, Olumudi said she had what it takes
to finish among the top 10 at this year race.
“I was injured towards the end of 2015 and was unable to
prepare for a full marathon.
“But I am fit, ready and injury free to race this time and I
have been training, marathon and road races is my job and I am looking forward
Olumudi who has competed against some of the best
marathoners in the world in the last few years claimed she is not scared of the
foreign elite athletes despite their intimidating pedigrees.
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“I have competed against some top marathoners and finished
ahead of them, so running in my country will even give me added advantage to
“It is not going to be easy because full marathon is not
just about your strength; you have to understand the technique as an athlete.
“Hopefully, I will be back at home ahead of the date so that
I can train with Nigerian weather before February 11, the date of the
Olumudi is currently training with some top athletes from
other part of Africa and such experience would help her to excel.
According to her, it is possible for a Nigerian to win the
race as they have the strength, just that they lack the motivation.
She applauded the organisers of the marathon, Access Bank
and the Lagos State Government, for a wonderful competition.
“Although I didn’t participate in the last race, I followed
everything and some of my friends took part, it was well organized, kudos to the
Access Bank and Lagos State Government.For
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