22nd November, 2010
At least 76 foreign stars will be on parade at the 6th Obudu International MountainÂ Race and the second African mountain running championships which will hold onÂ Saturday at the Obudu Ranch Resort in Obudu, Cross River State.
P.M.Sports gathered that five defending champions including the course record holderÂ are among the world stars coming for the event.
Top on the list are the defending champions Habtamu Fikadu Awash (men) and MamituÂ Daska (women), both of Ethiopia as well as three-time world champion (2006, 2008 andÂ 2010), Austriaâ€™s Andrea Mayr, who set a new course record to emerge the 2008 womenâ€™sÂ champions at the race.
Other star athletes are the 2006 womenâ€™s winner, Rehima Kedir of Ethiopia and AbebeÂ Dinkesa, also of Ethiopia who set a new 41:45 minutes course record to win the menâ€™sÂ title in 2008.
Colombian duo ofÂ Roland Ortiz and Maria Eugenia Rodriguez as well as Israelâ€™s HaimÂ Malka are among those expected to hit Nigeria from tomorrow.