Ten months after winning a brand-new KIA Saloon Car at the 2020 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon for becoming the first female in the 10km at the women’s event, 13-year-old Vera Yohanna Davou, a student of Victory Academy High School Jos, has emerged as the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line at the maiden edition of Kaduna Marathon on Saturday.
In a keenly contested 21km race that was dominated by the Kenyans, the thirteen-year-old has more experienced Nigerians to battle for the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line.
Fadekemi Olude, a regular face in long distance race in the country and a National holder in the 20km race , came first and second Nigerian female to cross the finish at the 2018 and 2019 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon .
In 2010 at the Commonwealth games in Gold coast, the Ogun indigene finish tenth.
Also, in contention for the prize of first Nigerian female to cross the finish line in the 21km race, with a prize tag of three million naira is Rose Akusho, who is the national female champion of 5,000m race.
In 2018, the Plateau born athlete set a new record (34:35.07) at the Lagos Women run breaking Olude Fadekemi record set in 2016.
Silver medalist at the 2019 OKPEKPE in the 10KM race, Hudung Gyang is also a favourite for the title, the fire assistant won Silver medal at the 50KM International African Union.
Contrary to expectations, the less experience Vera, who was accompanied to the venue by her father won the race by becoming the fifth female and the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line ahead of Rose Akusho and Hudung Gyang while Olude Fadekemi finished fourth