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Lagos City Marathon: Kenya’s Naibei, Ethiopia’s Dinke Win $30,000

Channels Television  
Updated April 10, 2021

 

Emmanuel Naibei and Meseret Dinke on Saturday emerged winners of the 2021 edition of the Lagos City Marathon race taking away a cash prize of $30,000 each.

Naibei, who is from Kenya returned a time of 2:11:37 to claim the top prize of $30,000 while Meseret Dinke, Ethiopian, won the female category also winning a cash prize of $30,000.

Daresa Geleta of Ethiopia took second place in the men category while Demiso Legese also from Ethiopia took third place.

The top three winners in the male category.

 

In the second place, women category Celestine Chepchirchir (Kenya) won, taking a cash reward of $20,000 while Desta Muluneh (Ethiopia) took third place with a cash prize of $15,000.

The top three women in the female category display their cheques.

 

Just like it is in the Men’s category, this is the fourth time an Ethiopian will be winning the female race.

Plateau-born, Istifanus Peter Mahan was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line.

As the first Nigerian, he will be going home with a whopping sum of ₦1,000,000, while the second and third Nigerian will bag ₦750,000 and ₦500,000 respectively.

Istifanus Peter Mahan at the finish line

 

Championed by Access Bank, the race started in the wee hours of Saturday in front of the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometer stretch.

Unlike previous years where over 100,000 participated in the marathon, only 300 athletes were allowed to participate in the 2021 edition due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The race was flagged off by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.

Officials at the start of the race