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Emmanuel Naibei of Kenya hits the finish line
The top three winners in the male category
The top three women in female category display their cheques
Nigeria’s Istifanus Peter Mahan at the finish line
Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei on Saturday emerged as the new champion of the World Athletics Silver Label race. This was subject to ratification by Yusuf Alli, General Manager of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Naibei returned a time of 2hrs 14 mins 10 sec (unofficial) to bag the top prize of $30,000.
While the winning time falls short of the course record, it is the second-fastest ever in the history of the Lagos Marathon
A runner-up at the 2019 Guangzhou Marathon where he set his current Personal Best time of 2:08:27, Naibei is still waxing strong.
Now in its sixth edition, this is the fourth time a Kenyan is emerging as the winner of the men’s 42-km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
Meseret Dinke, running in the women category, reclaimed her title after emerging first on Saturday.
Dinke won the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City marathon but was dethroned last year by Kenyan Sharon Cherop who set a new course record of 2.31.40
Just like it is in the Men’s category, this is the fourth time an Ethiopian will be winning the female race.
Daresa Geleta of Ethiopia took second place in the men category while Demiso Legese also from Ethiopia took third place.
In the second place, women category, Celestine Chepchirchir (Kenya) won, taking a cash reward of $20,000 while Desta Muluneh (Ethiopia) took third place with a cash prize of $15,000.
Plateau State-born, Istifanus Peter Mahan was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line.
Championed by Access Bank, the race started in the wee hours of Saturday in front of the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City, Victoria Island, a 42-kilometer stretch.
Unlike previous years where over 100,000 participated in the marathon, only 300 elite runners participated in Saturday’s race due to strict COVID-19 protocols.