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Kenya, Ethiopia sweep prizes at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

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Ethiopia’s Meseret Dinke…at the 2021 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon… yesterday<br />

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Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei and Ethiopia’s Meseret Dinke, yesterday, emerged champions of the 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Nabei returned a time of 2:15:01, (official) to claim the top prize, which is 30,000 USD.

While the winning time falls short of the course record of 2:10:23 set last year, it is the second-fastest ever in the history of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

A runner-up at the 2019 Guangzhou Marathon where he set his current Personal Best time of 2:08:27, the ageing Naibei is still waxing strong.

Nabei was also among those with podium finishes at the CFLD Beijing Marathon, Beijing where he finished third.

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Now in its sixth edition, this is the fourth time a Kenyan is emerging as the winner of the Men’s category of the 42km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

The Ethiopian duo of Daresa Geleta and Demiso Legese finished in the second and third positions respectively in the men’s category in yesterday’s race

In the women’s category, Ethiopian Meseret Dinke reclaimed her title and she did it in style with a new course record after returning a time of 2:28:51.

Dinke won the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City marathon but was dethroned last year by Kenyan Sharon Cherop who set the former course record of 2.31.40.

Celestine Jepchirchir from Kenya and lDesta Nigist Mulune from Ethiopia finished second and third respectively in the women’s category

Just like it is in the Men’s category, this is the fourth time an Ethiopian will be winning the female race.

Meanwhile, Istifanus Peter Mahan was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line at this year’s race thus winning the N1m prize money in that category.

Only 300 elite runners participated in Saturday’s race due to strict COVID-19 protocols.

Speaking with The Guardian after the race yesterday, Project Consultant Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Bukola Olopade, said he was satisfied with the conduct of the runners, just as he praised Lagos State government and the residents for their support.

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