Speaking at this year's edition of the tournament held at Eko Atlantic City (EAC), Victoria Island, Governor Ambode said he was exhausted of handing over the star prizes of the marathon to athletes from East Africa, assuring that concerted efforts would be made to reverse the trend and prepare Nigerians to compete favourably for the prizes. Ilya Pam of Nigeria won the best time for indigenous Nigerians participating in the race with a time of 2hrs 27mins.
Kiprotich will take home the $50,000 prize money, joining Abhraham Kipton who won the race in 2017 in the record book of winners of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Kenya-born French long-distance runner, Abraham Kiprotich, has won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race.
Speaking on the performance of the marathoners and the hosting activities put up by Lagos State, Ambode said that the epoch event could only get better.
"We will be organising programmes and build on the success of the marathon to enhance our athletes and to prepare them for the next edition, " he said.
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In the female category of the 10km, Rose Akuso emerged victor and got a star price of N7 million with other incentives.
NAN reports that for the indigenous 10km race, Stephen Daniels came first with a brand new GAC vehicle worth N7 million, Poku Luka came second, winning N1 million, while Joy Musa was third and got N750,000.
Fostina Ogu came second with the cash price of N1 million, while Holland Saleh came third and got N750,000. Long distance race is about timing not your competitors.
Besides, the Governor expressed excitement at the introduction of a 10km race dedicated exclusively for Nigerians, assuring that prizes in the category would be made to be at par with the main marathon in subsequent editions.