Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum, has won the the first Lagos city marathon ahead of his compatriot, Hosea Kipkembe and Ethiopia’s Debebe Toise who came in third.
Kiptum, who clocked 2 hours 16 minutes and 21 seconds to win the race, said the humid conditions had slowed his time.
“The race was not bad but I try to do my best. It is my first time running in a very high humid but I thank God for this day. Next time I try to run good time, since last year I was having injury, I did not run any race,” said Kiptum.
Over 20,000 athletes, including 150 local and international world-class runners participated in the keenly contested race.
In the women’s contest, the East Africans once again swept the boards with Ethiopia’s Halima Hussain clocking 2:38:36 to win ahead of Kenya’s Alice Timbul who came in second with a time of 2:38:49.
Aberash Fetase of Ethiopia returned 2:39:09 to place third.
The winners of both male and female categories pocketed $50,000 dollars each for their victory.