Abraham Kiprotich Emerges 2018 Lagos Marathon
Abraham Kiprotich has emerged champion of the third edition of the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
The Kenyan-born French runner finished ahead of the over 80,000 runners from across the world as he posted a new course record of 2:13:04secs.
The Kenya duo of Kibos Roony and Bitok Benjamin finished in second and third place respectively with a time of 2.13.26 and 2:13:29 respectively
In the female category, it was an-all Ethiopia show as they claimed the first, second and third positions.
In the Nigeria category, Iliya Pam kept his promise to successfully defend his title as he finished ahead of his compatriots in a time of 2.40.16.
Sharabutu Philibus was the second Nigerian to cross the finish line while Williams Keffas made the podium in third place with a time of 2:58:16
In the newly introduced 10km race, Akusho Rose won the female category with a time of 36:17: 70 while Faustina Oguh and Onah Sale came second and third respectively.
In the male category, although Adamu Shehu Muazu finished ahead of all the others, he was disqualified and Sadjo Ishmael was declared as the winner with a time of 30: 56:01.
Stephen Daylop and Gorgum Loka were second and third respectively.
Ahead of the Marathon, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Friday said the State Government has set a target to get the event listed in the annual calendar of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) that would make the Marathon earn a Gold Label award within the next two years.
Governor Ambode, who spoke during an interview with Kwese TV, said it was gratifying that the Lagos City Marathon had, within three years, earned a Bronze Label rating, saying that the past two editions have put Lagos on the international map as the hub for sports development in Africa and that efforts are in top gear to make this year’s edition bigger and better.
“For Lagos, this is an exciting moment for us. We believe strongly that we are the capital of sports in Nigeria and we need to showcase all the infrastructure and facilities that we have in Lagos and that’s why we have supported the Access Lagos City Marathon in the last three years and it is getting bigger and we are happy to be the host of this marathon.
“For us, three years and we are able to get this bronze medal rating, that’s a remarkable achievement. The main goal is to have the Marathon in the main calendar for the gold award and in the next two years, I believe strongly that with the support of Lagos State and all the sponsors, we’ll get to where we ought to be. This year, we have over 100 elite athletes coming and we have almost over 20,000 people running. So in the next two to three years, I believe with that support, we would get to where we want to be,” the Governor said.