The male and female winners in the junior category of the 10km February 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Oyelade Sunday and Vera Yohanna Davou were officially presented with Kia Rio saloon cars yesterday.
Davou, a 13-year old JSS Three Pupil of the Victory Academy High School, Jos surprised everyone and even herself to win this year’s 10km race.
On his part, Oyebode, a fun runner and a student of United Anglican Methodist High School, Ilesa revealed that before his victory in Lagos, he had tried out at the 10km Abeokuta Road race but finished in the 9th position.
Both teenagers were understandably over the moon as they were given their car keys and papers in the company of their guardians and coaches.
“I will even advise my friends to start training and running because I never expected I will be where I am now. I have just been training for one year and through the help of God and the Holy Spirit, I have won a race and a car” Davou who treks several kilometres to school daily said.
For Oyebode, he is now more motivated than ever to take his athletics career even more seriously just as he remains optimistic of going global like his Kenyan idols in long-distance running.
“I hope to be a world champion one day. This car will motivate me to work even harder. I thank the organisers and the sponsors for this big prize” the United Anglican Methodist High School student stated.
Already in its fifth year, the Lagos Marathon is hoping for another upward movement from its present Silver Label ahead of the 2021 edition tentatively meant for February 13, 2021.