Fadekemi Olude, who won the second position in the Nigerian female category at the recently concluded “2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon”, reveals that marathon has helped greatly in performing better in race. She made mention of this during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
The national race-walk champion explained to NAN that participating in marathons has improved her performance greatly in the race-walk sport. This is evident by her topping as the second in the Nigerian female category. In her words:
“Since I started participating in marathon, I have not regretted it because there has been tremendous improvement. I started marathon in order to achieve my goal in race-walk.
By participating in marathons, I have gained endurance. I want to continue to be a champion in race-walk and some day a national champion in the marathon,”
In reaction to her position in the 42km race, Olude noted how much she had wanted to win the first place, having practised so hard for the it. She also acknowledged that Deborah Pam is a renowed athlete.
“I prepared very hard for the competition but unfortunately, I finished second. The season is just starting, so, I will train harder.
Pam is very strong, she is from Jos, a place that is dominating in distance running in Nigeria.
For me, to be in the second position, I am happy but at the same time. I need to work hard to be at par with them,” she said.
Deborah Pam emerged as the sixth in the international category, and as the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line with a time of 2:52:58secs. Fadekemi Olude emerged as the second with a time of 2:58:43secs, while Elizabeth Nuhu was the third position with a time of 3:01:26secs.