Kenya, Ethiopia thwart Nigeria hopes for Lagos marathon


Herpha Guta, victor of the female 42 kilometer marathon during the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon at Atlantic City on Saturday, 10th February, 2018.

The 27-year-old ZRP Athletic Club athlete is aiming a respectable finish with emphasis on finishing the race within 2:18:30 in order to brighten his chances of making it to next year's World Championships to be held in Doha Qatar.

Jay Jay is taking part in the 10 km Fun race which was included by the organizers of the event for non-professional runners and athletes.

For the 10km race, Stephen Daniels came first with a brand new GAC vehicle worth N7 million, Poku Luka, the second, cart away N1 million, while Joy Musa was third and got N750,000.

Muazu had told The Guardian shortly after finishing the race that he would present the new GAC auto as a gift to his wife in Jos.

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Herpa Guta led an Ethiopian wipeout of the women's race, cantering to victory with a time of 2:38.23 to finish ahead of Girma Getachew (2:38.34) and Ayelu Hordofu (2:38.39).

"Presently we secured the bronze label and we intend to achieve the gold label in next two years for the marathon".

Speaking at this year's edition of the tournament held at Eko Atlantic City (EAC), Victoria Island, Ambode said he was exhausted of handing over the star prizes of the marathon to athletes from East Africa each year, assuring that concerted efforts would be made to reverse the trend and prepare Nigerians to compete favourably for the prizes.

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.

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