Kenyan athlete Bernard Sang has emerged victorious in the 9th edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, securing the top spot in the 42km race and claiming the grand prize of $50,000.
Sang competed against approximately 80 elite marathoners in the prestigious event, finishing the race in 2 hours, 16 minutes, and 49 seconds.
Sang’s compatriots Simon Cheprot and Edwin Kiptoo secured the second and third positions, earning $40,000 and $30,000, respectively.
The Kenyan runner, who also participated in the 2023 edition, significantly improved from his third-place finish the previous year.
In the women’s category, Ethiopia’s Kebene Chala, aged 25, clinched the first position, securing the $50,000 grand prize.
Sang and Chala, winners of the men’s and women’s races, have qualified for the marathon event at the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Nigerian athlete Shehu Muazu was the first among the local participants to cross the finish line, earning N1 million cash prize for his achievement.
The 42km race, which commenced at the National Stadium in Surulere, concluded at the Eko Atlantic City in Victoria Island.
The Access Bank Lagos City Marathon continues to attract top athletes worldwide, promoting sports excellence and fostering international competition on Nigerian soil.