NIGERIA’S top female runner at the maiden edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Oluwaseun Olamide, has set a higher target for herself in the fast approaching 2017 edition.
Olamide who is now a celebrity, thanks to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode initiative of starting the Lagos Marathon, sponsored by Access Bank, was the first Nigerian female runner to cross the finishing line last year.
Her goal this time is not just to retain her status as the country’s female number one runner but break into the overall top five athletes in the female category.
“I finished in 18th position overall last year, but this time I want to be at least in the top 10 or even in the top five,” the 19-year-old marathoner stated
Seen sweating it out at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos on Wednesday, Olamide said she began intensive training over a month ago in order to realise her dream at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
“I have been preparing since last December and I’m confident it is going to be good again in 2017, I have not run in any races in recent times because I am fully focused on the Lagos City marathon.
“I have heard of the big names coming again for this year’s race, but I am not bothered, for me, there is nothing special about the Kenyans or Ethiopians, once you believe in yourself and train as hard as they do then you can be sure to rub shoulders with them,” she stated.