Kenyan long distance runner, Abraham Kipton emerged the overall winner of the historic 42km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held today, February, 6, 2016.
Kipton finished top among the 20,000 marathon runners running 2hrs 16mins, 21seconds.
Kenya’s Hossei and Ethiopia’s Debebe Ethosa came in second and third respectively, while Philip Sharabutu, the first Nigerian to cross the finish line came in 7th place.
The overall first female marathoner, Halima Hussain of Ethiopia, came first with 2:38:36 and Alice Timbul of Kenya came second with a time of 2:38:49. Aberash Fetase of Ethiopia returned 2:39:09 to place third.
The first Nigerian male is Philip Sharabutu with a time of 2:30:51, while Eliya Pam returned as the second Nigerian male athlete with a time of 2:31:41 and Peter Maham came third with a time of 2:39:07.
The first marathoner went home with 50,000 dollars, the second place winner carted home 40,000 dollars and third place 30,000 dollars.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the race began at the National Stadium, Surulere Lagos at 7.10 a. m., with no fewer than 20,000 marathoners.
The race went through the Ikorodu road to link Oworonsoki, then passed through the Third Mainland Bridge and linked Victoria Island to the end point at Eko Atlantic City.