Photo: Channels TV/Nebianet Usaini Long-distance athletes from both home and abroad registered their presence at the just concluded 2020 Lagos City Marathon held on Saturday.
The race, which kicked off in the early hours of Saturday at the National Stadium, Surulere, took participants through the Lekki roundabout by the Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge up to the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, which was the finishing point.
In the men’s category, Kenya’s David Barmasai Tumo came first after breaking the Marathon’s record finishing after two hours, 10 minutes and 23 seconds at the fifth Edition.
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Also, Kenya’s Cherop Sharon Jemutai became the first female to cross to finish line, while Kebene Urisa came second and Tanui Jekporir emerged third in the female category.
The first, second and third positions went home with the cash prizes of $50,000; $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.
Meanwhile, Emmanuel Gyan emerged as the first Nigerian male and Deborah Pam first Nigerian female to reach the finishing line.
See highlights of the event below:
The Project Consultant, for the Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, says that the 2017 edition of the Lagos City Marathon, is a huge improvement from the maiden edition.
Following its successful conclusion, organisers have fixed February 10th, 2018 for the third edition.
While Kenyans seem to have
dominated in both editions of the race, Olopade is confident that Nigerian marathoners will make their mark in the future editions.
Abraham Kiptum, who
emerged as winner in the maiden edition, also came first in the men’s category, with a time of 2 hours, 15 minutes 20 seconds.
His counterparts Ronny Kipkoech Kiboss, came second in 2 hours, 15 minutes 25 seconds while Kiprotich Kiroi, completed the top three clocking 2 hours, 15 minutes, 28 seconds.
Organizers of the Lagos city marathon have announced that some parts of the state will be temporarily closed to vehicular traffic.
This according to them, is to allow for safety of fans and runners participating in the marathon scheduled for Saturday, February 11.
There would be a total closure of the third mainland bridge between 7:15 am and 2:00 pm.
Alaka service lane along Funsho Williams Avenue would also be closed from 5:45 am to 7:30am
The National stadium, all the way to Ojuelegba, Dorman long bridge, Onipanu, Obanikoro and Anthony would be closed from 6:45 am to 9:00 am
From Anthony, through to Charly Boy bus stop, Oworonsoki would be closed from 7:15 am to 9:00 am
Adekunle junction linking the third mainland bridge would be closed from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm
The Lekki-Ikoyi bridge junction at Admiralty way to Lekki phase one roundabout and through to the Lekki toll gate would be closed from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Alternative routes have been provided for easy access.
Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kipton,
who won the maiden Access Bank Lagos City Marathon race with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 19 seconds, has however vowed not only to retain the 2016 title, but promised to run a sub 2.10:00. Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has given the assurance that the Lagos City Marathon will become an annual event in the state.
The Governor said that he was impressed with the large turnout of local athletes at the maiden edition.
The Minister for Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, commended the Lagos State Government, sponsors and volunteers for making the 2016 maiden edition of the Lagos City Marathon a success.
Over 20,000 local and international marathoners participated in the event.
Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kipton, won the race while Nigeria’s Emmanuel Gyang secured a record as the first Nigerian to cross the finish line.
Ethiopia’s Halima Hussen won the women’s category.