Nigerian journalist and Goal.com Deputy Editor, Shina Oludare broke the Guinness World Record becoming the first journalist to complete a full 42 kilometers marathon race at the Lagos City Marathon last Saturday.
According to the Guinness World Record Book, no journalist has ever completed a full marathon. A record which inspired the Nigerian journalist to run as to writing his name in the Guinness World Records book.
The 42km Lagos City Marathon race being sponsored by Access Bank held on February 6, 2016 attracted over a hundred international elite runners with Kenyan star Abraham Kiptom claiming the top prize of $50, 000.
Oludare, who is an Ondo born award winning journalist expressed fulfilment after finishing the 42km race in four hours, 48 minutes and nine seconds.
Aside commending the organizers and Lagos state government, he believes Nigerians could dominate marathon races in the world with more investment in athletics and sponsorship of long distance runners.
“It feels great participating in the Lagos International Marathon. I did it to proof that journalists can also participate in sporting activities too,” Oludare told SavidNews.
“The event was a great one and the organizers should be commended for putting up such a great spectacle.
“Though were many grey areas but we must remember this is the first time in over 30 years that this is happening and I feel all involved must be given an applause. I believe the next edition will be better.
“Though the Kenyans showed why they are kings of the road and with the way our elite athletes performed, I believe.
“Nigeria have a great future if only we can invest in the sport. And I wont be surprised in the near future participate to see us participate and win medals on the world scene,” he concluded.