Nigeria’s foremost female marathoner, Aderonke Olumudi has her eyes set on winning the top prize at the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and she is not scared of local and foreign elites.
Tipped to be the first Nigerian to finish at the 2016 edition and give the foreign elites a tough fight, Olumudi got injured in the run up to the race
Speaking from the United States of America where she is currently training for the race Olumudi said she had what it takes to finish among the top 10 at this year race.
“I was injured towards the end of 2015 and was unable to prepare for a full marathon.
“But I am fit, ready and injury free to race this time and I have been training, marathon and road race is my job and I am looking forward to it”.
Olumudi who has competed against some of the best marathoners in world in the last few years claimed she is not scared of the foreign elite athletes despite their intimidating pedigrees
“I have competed against some top marathoners and finished ahead of them, so running in my country will even give me added advantage to excel.
“It is not going to be easy because full marathon is not just about your strength; you have to understand the technique as an athlete.
“Hopefully, I will be back at home ahead of the date so that I can train with Nigerian weather before , the date of the marathon.”
Olumudi is currently training with some top athletes from other part of Africa and such experience would help her to excel.
According to her, it is possible for a Nigerian to win the race as they have the strength, just that they lack the motivation.