Kenya’s supremacy in the long distance race was again confirmed on saturday in the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Defending champion of the male category Abraham Kiptum defended his title sucessfully with a better time of 2 hours, 15 minutes and 23 seconds.
The female winner, Roda Jepkorir Tanui, also a Kenyan, dethroned Ethiopia’s Halima Kayo who won last year’s edition.
Abraham Kiptum, speaking after claiming the 50,000 dollars prize, promised to judiciously use the money to help indigent athletes in Kenya while revealing his happiness at defending his title. Speaking to a group of journalists, Kiptum had this to say:
“Yes, it was another tough race but I am happy I won and also with a better time compared to last year, I hope to this money to help the poor athletes in my country”
For the Strictly Nigerian category, Sharubutu Philibus and Olamide Oluwaseun were dethroned as Ilya Pam Nwanta and Olude Fadekemi claimed 1 million naira prize in the male and female categories respectively.
The Lagos city marathon is yearly competition sponsored by Access bank. It attracts over 50,000 local and international athletes from about 27 countries around the world.