Ethiopia’s runner, Ulfata Deresa, has won the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.
He finished the 42-kilometre-long race first, becoming the winner of the marathon’s 7th edition in the male category.
He clinched $30,000 cash prize.
The marathon is an elite-labeled athletic fiesta held in second weekend in February of every year in Lagos and draws participation from local and international teams in the athletic ecosystem. It kicked off at 6am.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who was at the event said the marathon has consistently placed Lagos on the global radar, noting that the sporting fiesta has become a yearly ritual for athletes.
While presenting the prizes to the winners, Sanwo-Olu encouraged participants from Nigeria to brace themselves for first prizes in next year’s edition.
Two Kenyans, David Barmasai and Naibe Emmanuel, finished as first and second runners-up in the male category, at 2:13:27 and 2:14:42 respectively. They got cash prizes of $20,000 and $15,000.
In the female category, Ethiopian marathoner, Dagne Siranesh Yirga, won the race at 2:33:50. She received $30,000 cash prize.
Alemenesh Herehaguta and Naomi Maiyo, both Kenyans, won $20,000 and $15,000 as first and second runners-up in the female category.