Ismael Fialor and Sakat Lariba today crowned the 2020 Koforidua Marathon champion after they won the 42 kilometres race successfully to mark the madien edition.
The women’s event produced an upset as teenage sensation Sakat Lariba from the Northern Region won the race.
Along the routes, Fialor and Lariba received cheers and encouragement from onlookers and fans as he powered home strongly without showing signs of exhaustion when he crossed the finish line at the Koforidua Sports Stadium forecourt.
The women’s competition proved equally exciting as Lariba, the national asset finished well ahead of all participants. Sarah Kumson crossed the line a few minutes later placing her second position whilst Sharifa More from Kumasi became third.
Both Male and Female champions taking home a whopping amount of Gh¢5,000 each in the madien edition of the 2020 Koforidua Marathon. The first runner-up Richard Kwetu (Male) and Sarah Kumson (Female) grabbing GH¢3,000 with the second runner-up Nettey Rubber(Male) and Sharifa Moro (Female) receiving GH¢2,000.
Ismael Fialor, the overall best performer speaking to General Manucho of Gbc Sunrise, Ismael Fialor said “It’s a pleasure, great and good for coming first. I saw it coming after the screening yesterday at YMCA Koforidua.”
“It was quite difficult and tougher for me… I love competing for Ghana in any athletics ahead in few days coming and to become like Usain Bolt.”
Mr. Michael Okyere Kofi Baafi, CEO of Ghana Free Zone Authority also NPP candidate for New Juaben South Constituency, said, “Next Koforidua Marathon champion price won’t be GH¢5,000 cash rather a car prize. The image of Koforidua must catch the map of Ghana”.
“He acknowledged the selfless gesture of Ansoff Marketing Consult, the Eastern Region National Sports Authority, the media and all stakeholders contributed for the success story of 2020 Koforidua Marathon”. He concluded.