Kenya’s Sang wins 9th Lagos City Marathon

Kenya’s Bernard Sang won the Lagos City Marathon 2024 on Saturday with a time of 2:16:49.

Sang led compatriots Silas Cheprot, with a time of 2:16:54, and Godfrey Birger, with a time of 2:17:43, who won second and third place, respectively.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that it was an all-Kenyan affair once again in the men’s category of the race, where they finished first, second, and third, respectively.

In the women’s category, Chala Kebene from Ethiopia came in first with a time of 2:41:01.

Kenya’s Ruth Aga returned with the time of 2:41:41 to place second, and Sharon Cherop, from Ethiopia, came third in the time of 2:42:00.

Kenya’s Bernard Sang, who came in third at the 2023 Lagos City Marathon (8th Edition), improved on his timing to dust 3,000 other runners to win the 2024 race.

Sang said he had to work harder to win the race, having practised for six months.

“I practised hard to win this race because I needed to be faster, though I was unable to beat my personal best because Lagos is hotter,” he said.

Sang also came in first at the 42nd Istanbul Marathon, the world’s only intercontinental footrace, in 2 hours, 11 minutes, and 49 seconds—short of five minutes in the Lagos race.

Sang, who also pocketed the grand prize of 50,000 dollars, expressed his desire to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympics.

The second and third winners in the men’s category also went home with 40,000 dollars and 30,000 dollars, respectively.

NAN reports that the 42-kilometre race, which began at the National Stadium in Surulere at 6 a.m., ended at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.

The Gold Label Marathon, an annual event that was recently upgraded by the World Athletics, aims to be the best in Africa to upgrade to Platinum by its 10th anniversary.


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