At the Lagos City Marathon held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 many heroes were discovered, and we are glad to celebrate them all.
Let’s start by applauding Abraham Kiprotich of Kenya, the 32 year old who won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race in 2:13:04hrs . He was awarded grand prize of $50,000.
The 42km race started at the National Stadium, Surulere by 6:30 am and ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island, while the 10km race also began from Osborne and terminated also at the Eko Atlantic City with over 100,000 athletes battling for the various prize monies.
Abraham’s time set a new Lagos Marathon record, three minutes better than the record set by his fellow compatriot, Abraham Kiptum in the second edition of tourney held last year.
Kenyan duo of Ronny Kipkoech Kiboss and Benjamin Bitok came second and third finishing in 2:13:23hrs and 2:13:29hrs, winning $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.
We celebrate the Ethiopian female athlete Alemenesh Herpha Guta who emerged as the first female to finish the 2018 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in 2hrs38mins. Followed by Tigst Girma Getayechew and Ayelu Abebe Hordofa who came second and third. The trio won l$50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 respectively in the female category.
The first Nigerian to finish the 42km race in 2:40:19hrs was Iliya Pam. He won N3m while Sharubutu Philbus came second in 2:54:16hrs to win N2m and Kefas Williams also got on the medals table finishing third in a time of 2:58:1hrs to win the third prize of N1m.
According to Punch, there were also prizes for Nigerians in the newly introduced 10km race, which saw Sadjo Ismaila (male) and Ona Salay (female) drive home a brand new saloon car each and other mouth-watering prizes.
Notable personalities who graced the marathon include Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung; his counterpart in Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; representative of Chief of Army Staff, Major General David Amadu; General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh; President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick; ex-Super Eagles International, Austin Jay Jay Okocha; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright among others.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, his wife, deputy governor, Adebule and former deputy governor, Pedro, were also present during the race.
“As you can see, a lot of people are under the rain enjoying themselves and I am also doing the same”. The Governor said.
NAN reports that over 100,000 people participated in the IAAF Bronze Label Race which offers 208,000 dollars for grabs.
We celebrate the winners and everyone who participated in the awesome race.
Source: Punch, NAN