.Governor Akinwunmi Ambode (left), assisted by Herbert Onyewumbu Wigwe, CEO of Access Bank (right) presenting the cheque of $50,000 to the 1st Prize Winner of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Abraham Kiptom of Kenya on Saturday, 6 February, 2016. –
Kenyan athlete Abraham Kiptom says he has accomplished his mission to win the maiden edition of Access Bank Lagos City Marathon held in Lagos on Saturday, 6 February, 2016, eyeonthenews.com reports.
“I said I would win the Lagos City Marathon when I arrived here and I finished the race as number one, that’s mission accomplished for me and a good way to start the new year”, Kiptom told eyeonthenews.com shortly after he crossed the finish line on Saturday.
The race, which started at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere and ended at the Eko Atlantic in Victoria Island, Lagos, Nigeria, saw the Kenyan winning with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes, 19 seconds.
Kiptom’s compatriot Hossei won the second position with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 34 seconds, while Ethiopia’s Debebe Ethosa came third with a time of 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds.
Kiptom went home with the top prize of $50,000, while Second place winner got $40,000 and third place grabbed $30,000.
In the women’s category, Halima Hussen Kayo of Ethiopia came first with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes and 36 seconds, Alice Timbul of Kenya came second with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes and 49 seconds.
Aberash Fetase of Ethiopia placed third with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and 9 seconds.
The first Nigerian male to cross the finish line is Philip Sharabutu who won with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes and 51 seconds.
Eliya Pam finished as the second Nigerian male athlete with a time of 2 hours, 31 minutes and 41 seconds while Peter Maham came third with a time of 2 hours, 39 minutes and seven seconds.
The race, which featured hundreds of elite athletes and about 20,000 runners, started at 7:10 am, went through the Ikorodu road to link Oworonsoki, then passed through the Third Mainland Bridge and linked Victoria Island to the end point at the Eko Atlantic City.