1st African Beach Games: I am happy, sad – Nigeria’s marathoner

“I felt glad because God really answered my prayer; before I left, I said that I was confident but at the same time God should help me.

“I prayed that He should make me to fly like an eagle, and if you look at the time, we were close to each other, this was a big experience for me,” she said.

“I am very sure that if there is another opportunity, there is going to be a great improvement.

“I am happy and sad at the same time.

“I am happy because I will be collecting a certificate, it is a great achievement, but sad because I didn’t win a medal. I am sure of better outings in the future,” she said.

Her compatriot in the men’s category, Shehu Adamu, placed seventh with a time of 1.11.43 seconds.

Florence Malyunga of Kenya placed fourth with 1.22.37 seconds while Angola’s Adelaide Machado secured the fifth position with a time of 1.23.51 seconds.

The continental multi-sport event which began on June 14 will end on June 23 with no fewer than 54 countries jostling for medals in 11 events.

NAN reports that Olude emerged second in the Nigerian female category at 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.