News Analysis: Lagos City Marathon Made for East Africans
When will Nigerians step up their acts in the Access Lagos City Marathon with East Africans winning the grand prizes for the fifth year running?
Kenyan Abraham Kiptum, won the maiden race in February 2016, with a time of 2 hours,16 minutes and 20 seconds while Nigerian Philip Sharabutu came 7th overall with a time of 2 hours, 30 minutes and 51 seconds. The fastest woman was Ethiopian Halima Hussein Kayo, who ran a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes and 36 seconds.
In 2017, Kiptum defended his title finishing the race, much faster, with a time of 2 hours 15 minutes 20 seconds. Another Kenyan Rodah Jepkori Tanuyi emerged as the first place winner in the women’s category with a time of 2:37:52, a record then until it was smashed this year.
In 2018, French-Kenyan Abraham Kiprotich came first with a race record of 2:13:04 hours in the men’s category while Ethiopian Alemenesh Herpha Guta came first in the women’s category posting a time of 2:38:25
Last year Ethiopian Sintayehu Legese emerged winner with a time of 2:17:28. Kipkorir Joshua of Kenya came second as he finished with a time of 2.18.26, while William Yegon of Kenya came third with a time of 2.14.04.
Now this year, the East Africans have repeated their exploits, with Kenyans David Barmasai Tumo and Sharon Jemutai Cherop being the winners of the 42 km Marathon. Both wrote their names into the records, as well.
Tumo set a course record time of 2:10:22, beating Kiprotich 2018 time of 2:15:04.