Kenya’s Edwin Kibet Koech took the top honors of the 8th edition of the Lagos City Marathon held on Saturday (04) in Lagos, Niogeria.
The 39 year-old beat a strong field that included the defending champion and race course record holder, David Barmasai and Ethiopia’s Hayla Bazu Worku who came to this race with the fastest time on paper of 2:05.25 that he got at the 2010 Berlin Marathon, where he won the bronze medal.
Barmasai who was on his way to defend his title found the weather patterns on him as the heat took toll of him forcing him to quit halfway with Koech taking the advantage to surge ahead and cut the tape in a time of 2:14.06 .
Ethiopi’a Dekeba Shefa and Kenya’s Bernard Sang came home in second and third place respectively.
In the women category, Alemenseh Guta took the honors and was followed in second place by Kebene Urisa with Naomi Maiyo from Kenya in third place.
The winners of both the men and women’s races qualified for marathon event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Koech and Guta earned a cool $50,000 as prize money.