Kibet, Guta win 2023 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon


Edwin Kibet Koech of Kenya has won the 8th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

Kibet beat about 300 marathoners on yesterday morning to win the 42km race.

He will be claiming the grand prize of $50,000.

The 39-year-old finished at 2 hours, 14 minutes and six seconds to beat Dekeba Mitku Tafa of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Bernard Sang who finished second and third respectively, and will go home with $40,000 and $30,000 in that order.

Herpha Alemenesh Guta of Ethiopia was the first woman to cross the finish line with a time of 2 hours, 40 minutes and 42 seconds. Guta is to receive 50,000 dollars prize money She’s followed closely in second place by Kebene Chala Urisa (Ethiopia), and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo in third place.

The winners of both the men’s and women’s races qualified for the marathon event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.

Deborah Pam Bading finished ahead of her other Nigerian counterparts with a time of 2 hours, 49 minutes, and 33 seconds.

There were over 11 minutes gap between and second-placed Elizabeth Nuhu (3 hours and 20 seconds) while Dimatu Yahana came third with a time of 3 hours, 2 minutes, and 12 seconds
Nuhu thus finished 10th in the women’s race. She won the three million star prize for the first Nigerian to hit the finish line and also two thousand dollars.

Gyang Boyi was the first Nigeria man to cross the finish line. He did so with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes and 15 seconds. Adamu Shehu (2 hours, 30 minutes and 52 seconds) placed second while Friday Yohanna with 2:33.02secs was third.

Niniiola, Sir Shina Peters, Thrill Tega and Zlatan Ibile were the musicians that thrilled the fans with their vocal renditions to close the exciting road race.

The 2024 edition of the road race holds February 10th also in Lagos.


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