English National wins Liberia Marathon Race

English National wins Liberia Marathon Race

Englishman Mikey Bryant has won the men’s episode of the 2022 Liberia Marathon Race. 

The British National, who works as Physician Assistance (PA), mostly catering to children at the ELWA Hospital, became the gold medal winner of the full Marathon 42.2 kilometer foot race.

The Liberia marathon began since 2011 bringing over 1,000 runners from different countries. This year's participants are about 1,700 runners from different countries, with athletes from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Benin, Nigeria, Palestine, Germany, France, Canada, Netherlands, Sweden, South Africa and the UK, drawing  together approximately 16 countries competing in the field.

The race was held on Sunday, August 21, 2022, beginning at the Samuel Kayan Doe Sports (SKD) Complex in Paynesville, outside followed by the 21 kilometer from the Freeport of Liberia and the 10 kilometer, which began at the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Sinkor, Monrovia.

Bryant ran from the starting point at the SKD Sports Complex through the Boulevard- 72nd to Gardnersville- Japan Freeway, and passing through Sinkor to Congo Town and back to the finishing line at the SKD. 

For the Winner, Mikey Bryant, 37- year -old British runner, began to split the field after around 30 kilometers, starting with a group of a dozen runners around him that slowly dropped away until he ran the final kilometers alone.

“It was a bit slow so I decided to take over. It was challenging too, because everyone wants a medal. I was coming here for gold,” he indicated. 

"I decided to go all out because I wanted gold.  This wasn't  strange, because  I have been exercising," Bryant furthered. 

The health worker has been competing in marathon  in his home England, before entering the Liberia Marathon  race with a victory.

 Bryant  told reporters that he has taken part in previous Marathon appearances and  it was not strange for him.

According to him, he has competed in 21k meters race before shifting his focus to the longer distance.

Next to Bryant was Sierra Leone’s Osman Challey, who claimed the silver medal and was followed by a Liberian, Alexander Joe Autto, who took the third place, thus becoming the first Liberian to  compete in the full Marathon (42.2k foot race).

The 29- year- old athletes who plays for the Hill Social and Athletic Club expressed excitement about being the first Liberian to compete in the full  Marathon and claiming the third spot and also hoped to become the first in the next edition of the Liberia Marathon  race to win gold. 

" I've been training, to maintain my fitness which brought the success today. I then had the chance to take part in the race and so I took the opportunity and saw it as a personal challenge as well for me to bring proud to Liberia", said Alexander Joe Autto.

"I also wanted to prove to my family as well, that I am an excellent sportsman and  winning the bronze is great forme, Alexander," noted.

Meanwhile, Theresa Kago finished as the  first place winner of the Women's 42.2 kilometer foot race, followed by Sierra Leone's Asatu Turay, who took home Silver medal and Precious Thomas came third.

For the half Marathon, 21Kilometer foot race, Sierra Leonean Abubakar Conteh, won the first place, Liberian Augustine Momo, received the Silver Medal, while Alpha K. Fofana, again of Sierra Leone, took the 3rd place.

Also the Women's episode  21k race Famatta Kanneh of Sierra Leone finished first, while her colleagues Fanta Sesay, and Jane  Kargo, collected the Silver and Bronze Medal respectively in all Sierra Leone's affairs.

The 10k foot race starting from the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital to the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex brought  together thousands of runners, mostly Liberians, but Sierra Leone's John Bunba ran across the finishing  line to clinch the gold medal, while Mohammed Konneh and John Lacee finished as second and third winners respectively.

In the female category, Famatta Kamara, collected  the gold medal, Grace Diagor, a Liberian took home the Silver Medal and Jessica Healing won the third place 10k race.

In other categories, Kemah G. Wolubah, won the top spot for the female crutches 10k race, while Emmanuel B. Nyumah, won the  wheelchairs and crutches 10K race for men. 

Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Urban Sjöström, who participated in the Marathon race, applauded the Liberia Marathon trust for hosting the match. 

He describes the match as exciting  for  everyone to remain fit, especially the young individuals, he assured the Swedish Embassy supports towards the Liberia Marathon- trust.

The head of Governments and Communities Relations at Arcelor Mittal Liberia, Marcus Wleh said,  AML remains a strong partner of the Liberia Marathon  Trust.

He thanked the athletes  for partaking in the event, which he said helps promotes the younger ones to develop. 

 LoneStarcell MTN also supported organisers of the event.

“In the past decade, the Liberia Marathon races have been instrumental in fostering a running culture in Liberia across all genders, ages, and skill levels,” the organizers said in a release.

The inclusive race, which is Liberia’s only official Marathon, is held annually to showcase Liberian athletes, provide a running opportunity for everyone and welcome runners from around the world.

Charles D. Cooper, Chairman of the Board of Liberia Marathon Trust and Co-Founder of the Liberia Marathon, expressed thanks and appreciation to everyone for taking part in the event as he went on to encourage others to join the race.


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