Kiptum’s compatriots, Ronny Kiboss and Kiprotich Kiroi came second and third finishing in two hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds and two hours, 15 minutes and 30 seconds, winning $40,000 and $30,000 dollars respectively.
Kiptum, after winning the tortuous 42.5km race said he was very elated at defending his title even as he promised to use his 50,000USD prize money to help indigent athletes in his home country.
“Yes, it was another tough race but I am happy I won and also with a better time compared to last year, I hope to this money to help the poor athletes in my country” the Lagos Marathon champion stated.
For the Nigeria cadre, there were new champions as Ilya Pam Nwanta won for men while Olude Fadekemi won in women’s category.
The development meant that Sharubutu Philibus and Olamide Oluwaseun who won the Nigeria cadre last year have been dethroned.
The new Nigeria champions have a N1 million prize money for themselves.
The Lagos Marathon race hosts over 50,000 local and international athletes from 27 countries, including Nigeria, participated in the race.
Extract from Premium Times