Naibei and Dinke triumph at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Naibei and Dinke triumph at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei and Ethiopia’s Meseret Dinke became the champions of the 2021 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. Naibei and Dinke triumph at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

Nabei returned a time of 2:15:01 to claim the top prize and bagged a sum of 30,000 USD.

While the winning time falls short of the course record of 2:10:23 set last year,  it is the second-fastest ever in the history of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

A runner-up at the 2019 Guangzhou Marathon where he set his current Personal Best time of 2:08:27, the ageing Naibei is still waxing strong.

Nabei was also among those with podium finishes at the CFLD Beijing Marathon, Beijing where he finished third.

The sixth edition of the Access Bank Lago City Marathon, this is the fourth time a Kenyan is emerging as the winner of the Men’s category of the 42km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon. The Kenyas have been successful in Lagos as compared to their rivals Ethiopians.

The Ethiopian duo of Daresa Geleta and Demiso Legese finished in the second and third positions respectively in the men’s category of Saturday’s race.

In the women’s category, Meseret Dinke reclaimed her title and she did it in style with a new course record after returning a time of 2:28:51

Dinke won the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City marathon but was dethroned last year by Kenyan Sharon Cherop who set the former course record of 2.31.40.

Celestine Jepchirchir from Kenya and Desta Nigist Mulune from Ethiopia finished second and third respectively in the women’s category

Just like it is in the Men’s category, this is the fourth time an Ethiopian will be winning the female race.

Meanwhile, Peter Mahan was the first Nigerian to cross the finish line at this year’s race thus winning the N1m prize money in that category.

Only 300 elite runners participated in Saturday’s race due to strict COVID-19 protocols. Naibei and Dinke triumph at Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

The 2022 Acces Bank Lagos City Marathon will be in early February but the date is yet to be confirmed.

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  1. Ibrahim, I’m proud of you. I pray you reach where ever you want to 🙏🏽🤲🏽📿 I hope to see you…

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