Brown Ebewele, a former Technical Director and presently a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) has predicted a new men and women's course record at the 2018 Okpekpe Road Race event.

Ebewele, an accomplished athletics administrator and former Commissioner for Sports in Edo state believes the elevation of the road race to a Silver label status has increased the possibilities of having a new course record come May 12 this year in Okpekpe,a hilly town near Auchi,Edo state of Nigeria.

The record for the men and women's race were set in 2014 by the Ethiopian duo of Teshome Mekonnen (28:35) and Wude Ayalew  (32:41) respectively and since then none of the athletes has run inside 29 seconds for men and 33 seconds for women.

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However, Ebewele who is also the  route and participation coordinator  for the sixth Okpekpe international 10km road race believes all that will change this year.

'I forsee another 28 minutes run for men and 32 minutes run for women when the sixth Okpekpe international 10km race holds in  May in Okpekpe,'said Ebewele who is convinced the quality of elite athletes that will participate in this year's race will  ensure faster times are recorded.

Until this year, only three road races are recognised by the IAAF in Africa and Okpkepe happens to be the first in West Africa to ever get a label status.