Ethiopians Win Big at 2022 Lagos City Marathon

The seventh edition of the Lagos City Marathon was held last week and Ethiopia’s Ulfata Deresa Geleta emerged as the winner.

Prize money for the race which took place in Lagos was $30,000 for first place, $20,000 and $15,000 for second and third place.

Geleta edged about 300 marathoners as he ran the 42 km race in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 54 seconds.

His nearest challenger in the race was Kenyan David Barmasai, who finished the 42Km race in two hours, 13 minutes and 33 seconds. Another Kenyan, Emmanuel Naibei, finished in third place.

The Kenyan duo had previously taken first place in the globally acclaimed marathon.

In the women’s category, Ethiopia’s Dagne Siranesh Yirga crossed the finish line at two hours, 33 minutes and 50 seconds. Her country woman, Alemenseh Guta, emerged first runner-up and Kenya’s Naomi Maiyo placed third.

While all eyes were on the 42 km race, there was also a 10 km run which started from Lekki Phase I — up to the finishing point at Eko Atlantic City.

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, former NBA star Olumide Oyedeji, among other popular figures, were part of Saturday’s exciting race which organizers reported had over 30,000 participants.

The next edition of the Lagos Marathon is scheduled for February 4, 2023.

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