Two siblings of same parent from Plateau State, Iliya Pam and Deborah Pam emerged winners of the 10th edition of the Splash FM Ibadan City Marathon race.
Iliya, a second-time winner of the race who is a 300 level student of Physical and Health Education at Federal College of Education, Pankshin, and a member of Plateau State Sports Council, won the male category after finished the 42 kilometers Marathon race within two hours, 36minutes.
His younger sister, Deborah a third-time winner of the same race and an official of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), won the female category of the marathon sponsored by West Midland Communications, owners of Ibadan based radio stations, Splash FM and Lagelu FM, after finishing in two hours, 51 minutes.
Apart from Iliya and Deborah, four others; runner up and second runner up in the two categories of the competition were all from Plateau state.
The first three winners in the male category went home with cash prizes of N1million, N700,000 and N250,000 respectively, while those in the female category got N700,000, N400,000 and N250,000 respectively.
Kefas Williams and Yohanna Friday emerged runner-up and second runner-up respectively in the male category, while Nuhu Elizabeth and Hudung Gyang emerged runner-up and second runner-up respectively in the male category.
Iliya who recently won the 2018 Access Marathon race in Lagos, while speaking with journalists thanked God for emerging victorious in the tournament.
According to him, “It is unfortunate that I ended the race in 2 hours, 36 minutes as against the 2 hours, 27 minutes of the Access race in Lagos. I had trained very well to participate in the Commonwealth but could not make it.
“I am determined to compete in international long distance races against Kenyans and others,’’ he said.
Deborah who won the race in 2013 and 2015, said she was happy to win the race for the third time.
According to Deborah, “I could not attend the last edition due to injury. I never thought I would win this, but I thank God it happened. I have participated in several international competitions.
“I participated in a 50 km race in Doha in 2015; I also participated in a race in China and Cross-Country in Uganda. I also won the last Lagos City Marathon race.
She however alleged that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria had always prevented them from representing the country in tournaments on account of bad finishing time.
Deborah stated that they could do better than the Kenyans by winning laurels all over.