Kenyan-born French athlete Abraham Kiprotich, has emerged victor of the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, in the 42 kilometer race after returning at time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 04 seconds.
Speaking on the performance of the marathoners and the hosting activities put up by Lagos State, Ambode said that the epoch event could only get better.
Athlete who finished second in the 42 kilometer race went home with $40,000, third position pocketed $30,000, while athletes who finished in fourth and fifth positions respectively were awarded the sum of $20,000 and $10,000 respectively. Ilya Pam of Nigeria won the best time for indigenous Nigerians participating in the race with a time of 2hrs 27mins.
Williams Kefas, however, came third in the race. This is the third edition and we are getting bigger, we are getting finer and this is what this is all about. So, we need to develop our own part of this sport and allow Nigerians win it and it's a veritable platform for Nigerians to showcase their talents and that's why everybody is getting more interested in the Marathon.
"The event being a bigger one on the athletics calendar means that it does attract several talented professionals from different countries which makes it very tough but exciting, I'm also a tough nut to crack which is why I got the invitation to participate and wouldn't want to disappoint". We will employ global coaches that will train Lagos athletes in Jos. I must commend the organisers of this race for a job well done even though this is my first time running in Nigeria.
There were also prizes for Nigerians in the newly introduced 10km race, which saw Sajo Ismaila (male) and Ona Salay (female) drive home a brand new saloon auto each and other mouth-watering prizes.
Stephen Daylop and Gorgum Loka were second and third respectively.
Over 100,000 runners participated in the 3rd Access Bank Lagos City Marathon that offered 208,000 dollars.