Kenyan Grabs Trophy in Nigeria, Fans Fault Government for Nigerians Poor Performance

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Kenyan winner of Lagos City Marathon, held Feb. 6, 2016, holding up his $50,000 cash reward. Photo credit: Olalekan Adedeji (@stylomedia)

At exactly 7:10 am on Saturday, about 20,000 notable marathoners commenced their run to make history as presented by Access Bank in Lagos City. The Lagos City Marathon was scheduled to last for three hours, and also cover 42.1 km.

The athletes started from the National Stadium in Surulere to Ikorodu road, and passed through Owonrosoki. They moved across the third main land bridge, linked to Victoria Island and then finished up at Eko Atlantic beach.

In 2 hrs, 21 mins and 20 seconds, Abraham Kipton from Kenya finished the race ahead of all other men. He was followed by another Kenyan; Hosea Kipkemboi, who took up the second position a few seconds later.

An Ethiopian athlete called Debebe Toise emerged in third position, while Nigerian Sharubutu Philibus came in eighth position after two hours and thirty seconds as the fastest among Nigerian athletes that participated in the completion.

Many fans faulted the efforts of the government in the sports sector as there were setbacks in the performance of Nigerian athletes at the race and overall. The critiques began with the less than desired results of the Super Eagles matches. It is believed that poor funding in the sports sector contributes to the low commitment of the athletes during training because the encouragement to keep them active is not enough.