Kenya's Daniel Ebenyo and Kazakhstan's Caroline Chepkoech Kipriu were the winners of the 2023 Okpekpe International 10km road race, storming to new Course Records.
Kenya's Daniel Ebenyo and Kazakhstan's Caroline Chepkoech Kipriu won the ninth edition of the men and women's Okpekpe International 10km road race for the first time, storming to new Course Records.
Ebenyo clocked 28:28 to defeat defending champion Yasin Haji from Ethiopia, while Kipriu sped to 32:38 to win her first Okpekpe title in her maiden competition.
In a post-race interview, the race organiser Itemuagbor was happy was particularly happy the organisers were able to attract two of the top 20 10km runners in the history of the event, Daniel Ebenyo from Kenya, and Yasin Haji, the defending champion from Ethiopia.
"Ebenyo is the fourteenth fastest man in the history of the event, while Haji is just next to him as the fifteenth best," said Itemuagbor.
Kipriu winning the title in a new CR was a befitting birthday present for the Kazakhstani, who turned 29 on the eve of the historic race.