Kenyan, South Sudanese win male and female Premium Trust Bank Abuja City International Half Marathon 

***Nigeria’s Francis James emerge 2nd best
By Harry Awurumibe, Editor-in-Chief, Abuja

History maker…Nigeria’s Francis James finished 2nd to set Half Marathon national record for men at 1hr:8mins:2seconds.

Expectedly,  Kenyan runner, Shadrack Ngumbau has to put up a strong effort especially in the final home stretch to beat co-competitors to win the maiden Premium Trust Bank Abuja City International Half Marathon in the time of 1.07.58 to also cart home the prize money of USD5,000 on offer.the

This is as his closest rival on the day, Nigeria’s Francis James finished second in the time of 1.08.03 to go home with the double prize money of USD3,000 and N1 million.
Also, another Kenyan, Raticm Kenneth came 3rd in the time of 1.08.55 and a cash prize of USD2,000 Gyang Emmanuel of Nigeria came 4th in the time of 1.10.52 and cash prize of USD1,000 while the Adamu Shehu from Cameroon finished in the 5th place with the time of 1.11.08 and cash prize of USD700.

Winner…South Sudanese Gaspora Atalanta won the women race in the time of 1.20.23

In the women’s International category, South Sudanese Gaspora Atalanta got to the Finish Line at Old Parade Ground, Garki in the time of 1.20.23 while Kenya’sToofrida Lodefa1came in second in thetimeof 1.21.37 just as another Kenyan Rotto Nancy Jebat came third in the time of 1.24.58.

Three Nigerians Patience Daylop (1.24.51); Yilmune Nicholas (1.29.11) and Elizabeth Nuhu (1.29.16) finished in the 4th,  5th and 6th positions respectively. They were rewarded with prize money in dollars too.
Meanwhile, in the Nigerian Runners Category, Francis James who came second in international category male with 1.08.03 was declared winner as he also got N1 million as stated earlier. In 2nd place was Gyang Emmanuel James (1.09.05) and cash reward of N750,000 and 3rd was Adamu Shehu (1.10.57) and N500,000.

Brains behind Abuja City Marathon…(R-L) Race organiser, Bukola Olopade, MD/ CEO, Nilayo Sports Management Ltd; Nordin Khan, President, World Ultra Running and Chief Solomon Ogba, NOC 1st Vice President discussing important issues at Finish Line at Old Parade Ground Garki on Saturday.

In 4th place wa Emmanuel Gyang (1.11.14) and N300,000; 5th was James Gyang (1.12.19) and N200,000 and 6th was Emmanuel Duuh (1.12.46) and N100,000.

In the women’s category, Patience Daylop with the time of 1.24.51 came 1st; 2nd  was Vilmuner Nicholas (1.27.11); 3rd Elizabeth Nuhu (1.27.88);
4th Agoture Charity (1.27.89); 5th Shambor Blessing (1.29.29) and
6th Grace Goan (1.29.33).
All the Results:
*Ist –Shadrack Ngumbau Kenya —1.07.58
*2nd Frances James  (Ngr) 1.08.02
*3rd Raticm Kenneth Kenya 1.08.55
*4th Gyang Emmanuel Ngr 1.10.52
*5th Adamu Shehu Cameroon 1.11.08
Women- International
*1st Gaspora Atalanta South Sudan 1.20.23
*2nd Toofrida Lodefa 1.21.37 Kenya
*3rd Rotto Nancy Jebat 1.24.58 Kenya
*4th Patience Daylop 1.24.51 Ngr
*5th Yilmune Nicholas 1.29.11 Ngr
*6th Elizabeth Nuhu 1.29.16 Ngr
Nigeria Category- Male
*1st Francis James 1.08.03
*2nd Gyang Emmanuel James 1.09.05
*3rd Adamu Shehu 1.10.57
*4th Emmanuel Gyang 1.11.14
*5th James Gyang 1.12.19
*6th Emmanuel Duuh 1.12.46
Female Nigeria
*1st Patience Daylop 1.24.51
*2nd Vilmuner Nicholas 1.27.11
*3rd Elizabeth Nuhu 1.27.88
*4th Agoture Charity 1.27.89
*5th Shambor Blessing 1.29.29
*6th Grace Goan 1.29.33.

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