Though Lagos is several miles away from the Gold Coast, Australia where the 2018 Commonwealth Games will be staged, one of Nigeria's foremost long distance runners, Emmanuel Gyang is hopeful he would get there.

Gyang, who was among the top Nigerian finishers at the 2017 Lagos Marathon, said on Monday that he would be competing for honours this time in the newly introduced 10km race.

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“I have already started preparations earnestly and I thank God things are going well so far so good.” Gyan stated after another rigorous training session on Monday

“However, this year, I want to run the 10km because I want to use it as my final preparations, after the Lagos Marathon there will be national trials like three days after in Uyo and I am keen to make it to the Commonwealth Games.” He added.

Gyang who represented Nigeria at the 2010 Youth Olympics in Singapore is yet to represent the country at any international senior meet; hence he is hoping he will get a chance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to be staged in the Gold Coast.

“I have been training harder compared to last year and I am happy that my time is improving daily. I know it won’t be easy in Lagos but with my hard work and prayers I would excel,” Gyan affirmed.

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