Lagos City Marathon 2018: Kiprotich And Gupta Win

Iliya Pam is first Nigerian to cross the finish line

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Foreign athletes dominated the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon as Abraham Kiprotich of France and Herpha Guta of Ethiopia won the men’s and women’s elite races respectively.

Kiprotich won the 42km race in an unconfirmed record time of 2hours 15minutes 4 seconds, while Herpha Guta of Ethiopia did her in 2hrs 38mins.

Both won $50,000 dollars each for their efforts.

Kiprotich, who is Kenya born has now won two marathons in succession.

He also won last November the 39th Istanbul Marathon, which covered 46 kms.

Participants defied an early morning rain to run in the race which started at the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.

Over 100,000 people participated in the IAAF Bronze Label Race which offers 208,000 dollars for grabs.

Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kiptum, won the maiden edition of the Lagos City Marathon in 2016 with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds.

Ilya Pam wins the indigenous race with 2hrs 27mins.

Speaking during the prize presentation, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said, “We’re at the Bronze level of marathons, but we want to get it to the Gold level, in the next two years.

“We’re tired of giving these trophies to the East Africans. We’ll be committing resources to training our Nigerian athletes so they can win the marathon”.

Ethiopian Herpha is First Female to Cross Finish Line