Kenyans, Ethiopi­ans win La­gos marathon

Sunday Trust - - FEVER PITCH -

From Risikat Ra­moni, La­gos

Kenyans and Ethiopi­ans beat Nige­ri­ans to emerge win­ners in both the male and fe­male cat­e­gories of the Ac­cess Bank La­gos city marathon on Satur­day.

A Kenya-born France’s Abra­ham Kipro­tich was the first to get to the fin­ish line hav­ing run the 42km for 2:13:04.

Ki­boss Ronny, also a Kenyan, came sec­ond with the time of 2:13:26 while Vic­tor Ben­jamin took the third po­si­tion af­ter cross­ing the fin­ish line at ex­actly 2:13:29.

In the fe­male cat­e­gory, Ethiopia’s Her­pha Guta was the first fe­male win­ner, Girma Ge­tachew was sec­ond and Ayelu Hord­ofa, third.

Ilya Pam won for the sec­ond time run­ning while his clos­est ri­val and 2016 maiden edi­tion win­ner Sharabutu Philibus emerged sec­ond in the indige­nous cat­e­gory. Wil­liams Ke­fas, how­ever, came third in the race.

For the 10km race, Stephen Daniels came first with a brand new GAC car worth N7 mil­lion, Poku Luka, the sec­ond, cart away N1 mil­lion, while Joy Musa was third and got N750,000.

In the fe­male cat­e­gory of the 10km, Rose Akuso emerged win­ner and got a star price of N7 mil­lion with other in­cen­tives. Fostina Ogu came sec­ond with the cash price of N1 mil­lion, while Onan Sali came third and got N750,000.

Speak­ing at the event, the host, Gover­nor Ak­in­wumi Am­bode urged par­tic­i­pants to en­hance their per­for­mance.

“For the 10 Km race which is indige­nous, we will try to in­crease the price money to en­cour­age our ath­letes, they de­serve more ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

“Also, within two years, we will see how we can dis­lodge the Kenyan marathon­ers. We will em­ploy in­ter­na­tional coaches that will train La­gos ath­letes in Jos.

“By this time next year, we will make them to sweat for the cash price which we hope to im­prove upon next year by God’s grace.”

The win­ner of the men’s race, Kipro­tich, said that con­sis­tency was his watch word while pre­par­ing for the marathon.

“I just make sure that I am con­sis­tent with my tim­ing for the race that is the most im­por­tant thing. Long dis­tance race is about tim­ing not your com­peti­tors.

“Once you are con­sis­tent with the time, then try to im­prove on it no mat­ter what hap­pens to other ath­letes, you are one step away from win­ning the race,’’ he said.

Abra­ham Kipro­tich

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