At the April 3rd Schneider Electric Paris Marathon, one of the two Nigerian marathoners sponsored to the competition, Philibus Sharubutu, made himself and the country proud by finishing among the top group.
Sharubutu was sponsored by the Lagos subsidiary of Schneider Electric, where he had clocked 2 hours 32 seconds, just 25 minutes behind the eventual winner, Cyprian Kotut of Kenya. By virtue of the performance, Sharubutu had ranked in the top 40 of 50,000 runners that participated in the annual race.
Schneider Electric sponsored two athletes — Dinnatu Yohanna and Philibus Sharubutu — to participate at the Paris Marathon as a demonstration of the company’s support for the development of indigenous talent, following their sterling performance at the recently held Lagos City Marathon.
Field Marketing & Access to Energy Director, Schneider Electric Nigeria, Anne Ezeh, said the company is excited by Sharubutu’s performance who donned the National colours at the race.
In her words;
“We are confident that he has gained valuable experience that will enhance his performance in future competitions. We are also optimistic that this performance will encourage more Nigerians to participate in long distance races.”
“We are a global brand but local in our relationship with our community and stakeholders. This sponsorship is another demonstration of our commitment to the development of indigenous capacity across the sectors, where we operate in Nigeria.”
Sharubutu who expressed his gratitude to Schneider Electric for the opportunity to participate in his first international marathon race, thanked the company for the privilege to participate in the Paris Marathon as Nigeria’s sole male representative.
The excited marathoner said finishing in the top 40 out of 50,000 marathoners, who participated in the race is enough motivation to aspire higher, recalling that after his selection to take part in the race, he promised Nigerians and Schneider Electric that he would not disappoint them.
Sharubutu promises to continue to train harder in order to contend with the best in the world in future competitions, and also encouraged other corporate bodies in Nigeria to emulate Schneider Electric’s gesture in order to support the growth of our local athletes.