Kenyan wins 2021 Lagos City Marathon

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Kenyan runner Emmanuel Naibei has won the 6th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

He finished in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 37 seconds to beat roughly 300 other marathoners on Saturday morning.
He claimed the grand prize of $30,000 for the 42km race.

Deresa Geleta of Ethiopia finished second while Demiso Gudeta also of Ethiopia was third.

In the women’s category, 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.

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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 N1 million prize money in that category.

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