By Kunle Solaja
It was Kenya all the way as the athletes from the East African region dominated the second edition of the Lagos City Marathon. Not only did Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum successfully defend the title he won last year, eight of the top 10 finishers were Kenyans.
Their dominance of the top 10 ranking was only punctuated by Ethiopian duo of DabiI Tadesse Yae and Regasa Mndaye Bejiga in the fifth and ninth positions respectively.
The fastest Nigerian, Sharubutu Philibus, returned after two hours 31 minutes and 17 seconds to place 17th and the only Nigerian in the top 20 bracket.
Champion, Kiptum of Kenya even returned a faster time than he did last year to win the title. He returned after two hours fifteen minutes and 21 seconds as against last year’s time of 2:16:21.
By finishing ahead of a pack of 100,000 runners from 27 countries, the Kenya again became $50,000 richer.
Tanui Rodah of Kenya led the pack in the women’s category as she finished in two hours, 37 minutes and 52 seconds. Like in the men’s category, the Kenyans were in the top four finishers.