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Nigeria: DSTV to Broadcast Glo Lagos Marathon

Exciting moments from the 2nd Glo Lagos International Half Marathon will be aired 15 times on DSTV's Super Sports starting March 4. International sports broadcast channel, Supersports, which gave a comprehensive coverage of the event will broadcast actions of the Half Marathon on DSTV, the pan African cable television network beginning from March 2009. In a statement, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, the coordinator of the Glo Lagos International Half Marathon which held last February 21 said the strategic move to broadcast highlights of the marathon 15 times on Super Sports is to ensure that as many Africans as possible watch the event.

The Glo Lagos International Half Marathon comprises the media Mock Marathon, Corporate fun Run and the Half Marathon. About 20,000 runners including 44 foreign professionals and 360 Nigerian elite athletes took part in the half marathon. The icon of international marathon, Haile Gebreselassie described the Glo Lagos International Half Marathon as one of the best in the world.

Glo, in the statement, advised Nigerians to catch highlights of the Half Marathon on DSTV from March 04 on SS-Select channel by 8pm and SS-10 and SS-7 channels by 9PM. On Thursday, the event's highlight will be on SS-Select by 10am, SS-A by 5pm and SS-5 and SS-5Africa by 7pm.

There will be repeat broadcasts on March 6 on SS-Action by 7pm, March 7 on SS-Action by 3am, SS-Select by 1pm, on March 08 on SS-Select by 10pm, SS-7 and SS-10 by 9am and on March 10 on SS-Select by 6am, on SS-Select by 6pm, SS-7 by 8pm and SS-7Africa by 8pm. The broadcast will be wrapped up on March11 on SS-10 by 8pm.

Kenya's Kibet Luke and Lornah Kiplagat of the Netherlands out-classed over 20, 000 other runners to win the men and women top prize money of $50, 000 (about N7. 5m) each, at the 2nd Glo-Lagos International Half Marathon.

The race, which was flagged off at the Alaka Bus Stop in Surulere, ended at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Onikan. Stephen Jurbe from Kaduna State was the first Nigerian male runner to arrive the finish point while Mary Akor, a US-based Nigerian from Benue State finished ahead of all Nigerian female runners. Both went home with brand new KIA Picanto cars.

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