The Winner of the 2016 women prize money at the inaugural edition of 2016 Access Bank/Lagos city marathon Oluwaseun Olamide has promised to challenge East Africa counterpart to claim the first position prize this year.
Olamide who attributed her poor performance last year to an injury affirmed she is fit physically and psychologically.
She said, “It’s a shame I finished eighth last year, I was just recovering from injury, but this time I am injury free and psychologically I am in the right frame of mind as I won the two road races I competed in recently. The races were part of my build up for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.”
With the increase in the prize money for the Nigeria category, claiming the first prize will surely be herculean task for Olamide.
“Winning the prize money will be a good thing, but my aim is to show the world that Nigeria is not just a sprint nation and that we have very good marathoners who can compete against the best in the world.”
Speaking on the foreign elites, Olamide said she is not afraid and is looking forward to running with them on Saturday “I am happy running against foreign elite athletes because each time I did, I always run a new personal best. So, I am looking forward to competing against them and winning on Saturday.”
Speaking further, she said: “We need more marathons and road races in Nigeria. Access Bank Lagos City Marathon is good, but we need to have more. Once we do and they are lucrative, many youth who are into crimes and other unprofitable ventures would focus their energy on races,”