By Emma Jemegah

True to expectations, masters of the distance races, Kenyans and Ethiopians have once again proved their prowess at the 8th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, carting home the major prices.

This year’s edition, which marked the start of the race on a gold label tag saw Edwin Kibet Koch, runners up from last year claiming the ultimate prize as he breasted the tape in 2:14:06 with Dekeba Shefa of Ethiopia and Kenya’s Bernard Sang finishing second and third in 2:14:54 and 2:17:14 respectively.

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Ethiopian Guta Alemenesh Herpha made it another first finish in the women’s category of the race, repeating her 2018 feat by winning the race in 2:40:42 with her compatriot, Urisa Kebene Chala taking the second position in 2:40:44 and Kenyan Naomi Maiyo, repeating her 2022 result placing third in 2:40:56.

The Nigerian race was won by Gyang Boyi Nyango with Adamu Shehu Muazu and Friday Yohanna finishing in second and third position respectively.

Deborah Pam, overall 10th, was the first Nigeria female to finish the race while Elizabeth Nuhu and Dimatu Yahana ending the race in second and third positions from the Nigerian perspective.