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I’m ready for Access Bank Lagos marathon – Olamide Baddo

The winner of the Nigeria women prize money at the 2016 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Oluwaseun Olamide has vowed to reclaim her title at this year’ s edition in Lagos on Saturday .

Olamide also said she would challenge East African and other elite runners for the ultimate prize of $ 50 , 000.

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 to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. ”

After her not too impressive showing at the 2017 marathon, Olamide has won the Lagos Women Run and ARM Pensions Marathon .
The Nigeria prize money has been increased from N1 m to N 3m .

Olamide said, “ 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 . ”

She added, “ I am happy running against foreign elite athletes because I always run a new personal best . So , I am looking forward to competing against them and winning on Saturday . ”

The General Manager of the race Yussuf Alli will on Monday begin the training of technical and security officials for the event .

The ex -international said, “ We need about 250 technical officials to run a successful race. But we will be training about 350 in case we have emergency need for more technical hands, then we will have a pool of trained officials who can replace them. ”

Alli said policemen and other security operatives who will be working before and during the marathon will be trained.

He said , “ We are not training security officials how to do security job ; rather we shall be teaching them the work ethics during a sports event . We will ensure they are familiar with accreditation and who get access to certain restricted places. ”

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