Photonews: Lagos City Marathon #LagosRun Winner
BREAKING: Kenyan marathoner wins Lagos City MarathonThe long-awaited Lagos City Marathon has ended with Kenyan marathoner Abraham Kipton winning the inaugural edition of the race. Over 20,000 athletes, including 150 local and international world-class runners participated in the keenly contested race.
Citizens from Nigeria, Kenya, Ethiopia, Morocco, Uganda, India, Cameroon, Asia and other parts of the world were very much in the city of Lagos to contest for the ultimate $50,000 prize money.
There were various categories of prizes awarded at the end of the race asides the medals for the Champion of the event. Special categories were carved out for disabled athletes, there were also medals for top Nigerian (male/female) athletes in the race.
In the male category, Peter Maham was the third Nigerian to cross the finish line, Ilia Pam came in second place, while Philip Sharubutu was the first Nigerian to finish the race.
Mary Akor came in as the first Nigerian female to cross the finish line, Olamide Oluwaseun was the second Nigerian female to finish the race; while Yohanna Donatu came in third place.
Below is a timeline of how the entire Lagos City Marathon was run.
10:57 Presentation of awards to best Nigerian athletes commence.
Kenya’s Hossei ran 2 hours, 16 minutes and 34 seconds to come in second position.
Ethiopia’s Debebe Ethosa came in third, running 2 hours, 16 minutes and 40 seconds.
10:49 Overall champions receive their awards from his excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
10:44 First female in the special category is awarded, Ann Babalola, while Abdulahi Mukaso is the first for the male special category.
10:36 Third position in the female category goes to Ethiopia, Alis Thimbil from Kenya comes in second position, while Halima Hussein of Ethiopia comes in first place.
10:31 Halima Hussein of Ethiopia is the first female to cross the finish line.
10:27 Governor Ambode thrills the crowd with a brief dance move.
10:20 Olamide prostrates for Governor Akinwumi Ambode, as the governor addresses all present at the Eko Atlantic
10:18 Olamide has taken the stage, singing the Lagos song, the arena is charged, as everyone is in high spirit.
10:05 Solomon Dalung, the minister of sports, addressing the crowd at the Eko Atlantic.
Two more Nigerians have emerged winners, coming in 8th and 9th position.
The arena is agog with music and gyration, more runners arriving the finish line, the first female marathoner still awaited.
9:28 More runners are coming in full throttle at the finish line.
9:23 Kenyans dominate the race.
The finish line is already filled with fans in their thousands.
9:22 Athlete 341 from Kenya is fast approaching the Eko Atlantic, he is leading with a very wide gap.
9:18 Any time from now a winner will emerge.
The world record sits at 2 hours 3 minutes, it is now 1 hour 56 minutes into the race.
To have a realistic chance of winning, the front runners must keep an even pace, consistency matters now than ever before.
8:54 Top seeds are upon the Ikoyi-Lekki link bridge, heading towards Admiralty way.
Most areas in Surulere are under the watchful eyes of the Nigerian police, most roads are blocked.
8:34 More and more runners are quitting. Some have ‘crashed’ just rear of the Third Mainland bridge.
8:32 Top increasing their pace by the minute, they might have spotted a landmark that tells them the end is not so far away.
The first woman to finish the race.
Meanwhile, the winner of the 2015 Geneva Marathon, Peter Kiplagat of Kenya, vowed to run the 42km road race under 2hrs 17 mins to ensure he returns home with the $50,000 (about N15million) star prize at stake.
8:17 Five front runners heading towards Ikoyi
Earlier, a man that tried to race with his dog was disqualified. “No pets,” say the organizers.
7:52 Just five runner on the third mainland bridge
7:32 Front runners cut off at Anthony bus stop
7:31 Athlete with number 3465 just began his race from the starting point
7:20 Runners descending Ojuelegba bridge
7:17 Governor Ambode of Lagos state in company of the Lagos state commissioner for sports Deji Tinubu addressing the crowd.
7:10 The race has finally kicked off
7:05 Final routine checks are on going
6:50 Officials call on the athletes to get set. DJ continues to blast away as the marathon razzmatazz is set to completely engulf the Surulere.
6:31 Though the sky is still relatively dark, more and more runners are here.
6:10 Most of the foreign athletes have stormed Surulere, getting ready to go.
6:05 Thousands of Nigerians are already at the Starting Point (National Stadium, Surulere).