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Kenyan-Born French Athlete Kiprotich Wins 2018 Lagos City Marathon Amidst Controversy

11 February 2018

During the prize presentation, Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos, set a target for Nigerian athletes.

En-route to the Lagos Marathon, Jari got himself a massive boost after winning the Nyaradzo Hac 32km Memorial Run at Old Georgians Sports Club in Harare last month which puts him in a positive frame of mind getting into the big race today. Access Bank Plc, Mr. Herbert Wigwe (r); and the winners of 20 & 10 kilometers respectively, Miss Damilola & Bimpe Oluwaseyi, during the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon at Atlantic City on Saturday, 10th February, 2018. We have done Lagos proud again and we have done Nigeria proud again.

"For us, three years and we are able to get this bronze medal rating, that's a remarkable achievement". This year, we have over 100 elite athletes coming and we have nearly over 20,000 people running.

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"The event being a bigger one on the athletics calendar means that it does attract several talented professionals from different countries which makes it very tough but exciting, I'm also a tough nut to crack which is why I got the invitation to participate and wouldn't want to disappoint".

Abraham's time set a new Lagos Marathon record, three minutes better than the record set by his fellow compatriot, Abraham Kiptum in the second edition of tourney held previous year.

"We are exhausted of foreigners, most especially Kenyans coming to win this Marathon".

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"We're exhausted of giving these trophies to the East Africans".

A Nigerian, Henry Adeniran, who is participating for the second time, said the crowd was not as much as past year. So, we need to develop our own part of this sport and allow Nigerians win it and it's a veritable platform for Nigerians to showcase their talents and that's why everybody is getting more interested in the Marathon.

Dignitaries who graced the marathon include Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung; his counterpart in Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; representative of Chief of Army Staff, Major General David Amadu; General Officer Commanding 81 Division, Major General Enobong Okon Udoh; President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick; ex-Super Eagles International, Austin Jay Jay Okocha; British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright among others.

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Kenyan-Born French Athlete Kiprotich Wins 2018 Lagos City Marathon Amidst Controversy