Kenya-born French long-distance runner, Abraham Kiprotich, has won the 2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon 42km race.
The 32-year-old Kenyan born athlete finished the race in a time of 2:15:04 on Saturday, February 10, and will walk away with the $50,000 prize money.
While Herpha Guta, an Ethiopian, won the women edition of the competition as she completed the race after two hours and 38 minutes.
Ilya Pam of Nigeria won the best time for indigenous Nigerians participating in the race with a time of 2hrs 27mins.
The race started at the National Stadium, Surulere, and ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.
Despite the downpour in most parts of Lagos, participants in the competition came out in their numbers.
Speaking during the prize presentation, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State said;
“We’re at the Bronze level of marathons, but we want to get it to the Gold level, in the next two years.
“We’re tired of giving these trophies to the East Africans. We’ll be committing resources to training our Nigerian athletes so they can win the marathon”