At exactly six am on Saturday, February 12, over thirty thousand athletes, which includes elite athletes from Kenyan and Ethiopia crowded at the National Stadium, Lagos, the starting point for seventh edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon in a bid to win the sixty million dollars prize monies for the first male and female to cross the finish line.
At half-mark the 42kilometers race, only few athletes were in sight to reach the finish line in a bid break the record course for the race, which was set in 2020 by Kenyan Olympian David Barmasa in a time of 2hours 10seconds.
With the finish line in sight, the battle is between the Ethiopians and the Kenyans as Ethiopia’s Ulfata Gelata, who finished as the first runner-up in last year’s edition claimed the first position in a winning time of 2.11.54 sec, Kenyan duo of David Barmasai and Emmanuel Naibei settle for second and third places respectively.
In the women category, Ethiopia’s Dagne winning time was 2 hours 33 minutes and 50 seconds. She was followed in second place by compatriot Alemenseh Guta and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo in third place.
For their efforts, the winners in both the male and female category was awarded thirty thousand dollars each, while the first and second runner-up were awarded twenty and fifteen thousand dollars respectively.
Nigerians were not left out in the share of the prize monies as Shehu Muazu and Fadekemi Olukemi were the top finishers who won the N1m prize monies set aside for the indigenous athletes
The Race, which serves as a qualifying time for the Olympics and Commonwealth games has been promised to get the Platinum label before the next edition in 2023.