Lagos Governor, Akinwumi Ambode has said that annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon can get better with Nigerian athletes improving in their performances.
Speaking at the 2018 edition of the race today, the governor promised that there will be an increase in the 10km race prize money, to encourage indigenous athletes.
“For the 10 Km race which is indigenous, we will try to increase the price money to encourage our athletes, they deserve more appreciation.
The governor further hinted on his plans to overthrow the Kenyan marathoners for the ultimate prize money. He said “Within two years, we will see how we can dislodge the Kenyan marathoners. We will employ international coaches that will train Lagos athletes in Jos. 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.
The winner of the men’s race Abraham Kiprotich, speaking after winning the race, said that consistency was his watch word while preparing for the marathon.
Kiprotich won the 42km race in 2:13:04, while his compatriot, Kiboss Ronny came second with the time of 2:13:26.
Victor Benjamin completed the Kenyan domination coming in the third position with the time of 2:13:29.
For the females, Ayelu Hordofa from Kenya emerged first with a time of 2:35:17, while compatriots Herma Guta came second with 2:38:25 and Girma Getachew third with 2:38:36.
In the indigenous category, Ilya Pam won for the second time running while his closet rival and 2016 maiden edition winner Sharabutu Philibus came second. Williams Kefas, however, came third in the long distance race.
Over 100,000 runners participated in the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon that offered 208,000 dolars.