Reports say thirty one elite athletes from eight countries have signed on for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon slated for 2016.
According to the General Manager Marathon, Yussuf Alli, the athletes include: 24 male marathoners and seven female marathoners.
Of the 24 male marathoners, 11 have IAAF gold label and 9 of them are from Kenya. They are Abraham Kiptom, Peter Kiptoo Kiplagat, Amos Mitel, Sammy Kipkorir Kibet, Simpson Pkanaan Limareng, Nelson Kirwa Rotich, Kipkemboi Hosea, Philip Kiplagat Biwott Kenya and Isaac Kipkeboi Kosgei.
The other two gold label athletes; Mehair Fesshaye and Ali Abdosh Muhammed are from Eritrea and Ethiopia.
Of the eight IAAF silver label men marathoners on the list, four are from Kenya and they are; James Cherutich Tallem, Mathew Bowen, Linus Kipwamdok Chumba and Daniel Kipchirchir Komen.
Other silver label marathoners are Mohamed Qumaarir, and Khalid Lablea both from Morocco, while the other two are Solomon Biratu from Ethiopia and Ghirmay Tukabo from Eritrea.
Three of the five IAAF bronze label marathoners coming to Lagos are also from Kenya. They are; Ednah Kimayo, Amos Koech and Ogla Jerono. Cameroon and Bahrain complete the men’s list with Foimi Justilin and Birhanu Yemata.
Of the seven women elite marathoners coming to Lagos, four are from Kenya, two from Ethiopia and one from Uganda. Two of the Kenyan women marathoners have IAAF gold label, they are Alice Timbilil and Leah Jebet Kiprono.
The other two Fridah Jepkitel Lodepa and Irine Jeptoo Kipchumba have silver label. The two Ethiopians who also have gold label
are Debele Worknesh Degefe and Qurage Alem Mokonnin and Uganda Calorine Migadde, with silver label complete the list.
Alli, the General Manager says he expects more elite athletes in the New Year. He stated that the 28 January, 2016 deadline for submission of forms is sacrosanct.