Friday, 21 September, 2018

Kenyan-Born French Athlete Kiprotich Wins 2018 Lagos City Marathon Amidst Controversy

Frenchman Abraham Kiprotich Emerges Victorious At The Lagos City Marathon Kiprotich, Kenya-born French athlete, wins Lagos City Marathon
Ellis Copeland | 11 February, 2018, 13:27

As expected, Kenyan-born runners swept the podium at the third Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday, claiming all three top medal positions in the men's category while Ethiopians made a clean sweep on the women's side.

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.

In the female category, it was a clean sweep by Ethiopia as the trio of Alemenesh Herpha Guta, Tigst Girma Getayechew and Ayelu Abebe Hordofa came first, second and third to win $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000 Dollars respectively.

Wife of the governor of Lagos State, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode presenting a cheque to Miss.

Ilya Pam won for the second time running while his closest rival and 2016 maiden edition victor Sharabutu Philibus emerged second in the indigenous category.

Pam also won the category past year while William Kefas finished third on 2:58.07.

"I am promising that we can only get better by enhancing the performance of our athletes".

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In his address at the marathon, host governor Akinwumi Ambode pledged to train Nigerian athletes to ensure a home victory in two years. "We'll be committing resources to training our Nigerian athletes so they can win the marathon".

"By this time next year, we will make them to sweat for the cash price which we hope to improve upon next year by God's grace".

"I just make sure that I am consistent with my timing for the race that is the most important thing".

Besides, the Governor expressed excitement at the introduction of a 10km race dedicated exclusively for Nigerians, assuring that prizes in the category would be made to be at par with the main marathon in subsequent editions.

Stephen Daylop and Gorgum Loka were second and third respectively.

The third edition of the race which started at 6.30 a.m.at the National Stadium, Surulere, ended at Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.

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