Nigeria, South Africa, and Zimbabwe have qualified for the 2020 World Ultra Runners Championship at the Valuejet Remo 50 kilometres Ultra Race held in Sagamu and Ikenne, Ogun state.
The Media Coordinator of 2019 Remo Valuejet Ultra Race, Dapo Sotiminu announced this on Sunday.
According to Sotiminu, Zimbabwe, who competed in the race for the first time in the country’s history, finished as the overall third place.
In the women’s category, South Africa’s Saneliswe Mbangwa, emerged the champion ahead of Nigeria’s Elizabeth Nuhu Power.
With her performance, Elizabeth Nuhu Power was also awarded the Nigerian prize of N1million by Soname.
In the individual race for the men’s category, South Africa’s Thobile Mbolekwa emerged winner of the game while Zimbabwe’s Prosper Mutwra finished in second place. Nigeria’s marathon champion, Ilya Pam finished third with a time of 3:12:39 seconds.
Pam also emerged the first Nigerian to cross the finish line, thus winning the special cash prize of N1 million donated by the Chairman of Valuejet Airlines, Kunle Soname.
The team winners and individual winners were rewarded 2,000 dollars, 1,500 dollars and 1,000 dollars respectively for their efforts.
It is the first time monetary prizes would be awarded since in the 35-year history of Ultra Running in the world.
Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun applauded the courageous spirit and the zeal of the athletes and pledged to make the race an annual event.