Kipmeto Headlines 81 Elite Athletes for Access Bank Lagos City Marathon Today

Former marathon world record holder, Kenyan Dennis Kipmeto headlines the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon scheduled for today in Lagos.

Kipmeto’s best time of 2hrs, 0.2 mins 57secs stands him out as the man to beat here today.

Also in the race is Ethiopian Kelkile Gezahegan with a PB of  2 hrs 05 minutes and 56 seconds; Kiptoo Edwin on 2hrs 06 minutes and 52 seconds and female runner like Valary Jemeli (Kenya) on 2 hours 19 minutes.

In all, over 81 world-class elite runners who are basically gold label athletes have confirmed their participation in the 9th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, which comes up today.

Among these over 81 elite runners, there are 29 gold label women runners, which in totality, according to the General Manager of the Lagos City Marathon, Yusuf Ali,  has a very rich and world-class running field with the potential of unearthing a new course record today.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of Nilayo Sports Management Limited, the owners of the Lagos City Marathon, Chief Bukola Olopade, the United Nations, has also confirmed the participation of 15 refugee runners among the rich field of runners that will be participating in the 9th Lagos City Marathon.

The prime road race General Manager, and former Africa record holder in the Long Jump for 27 years, noted that, the confirmation of over 81 world- class gold label runners, is positive thing for the 9th edition of the Lagos City Marathon, especially as the organisers are preparing for the 10th edition of the race with the biggest prospect of uplifting the race from the Gold Label status to the Platinuum Label.

“Our target is to ensure that our registered world-class elite runners help propel the Lagos City Marathon to the Platinuum Label.

This is possible with the calibre of runners that will be on the field on February 10. If we can produce five elite runners crossing the finish line at 2 hours 8 minutes, we shall most definitely climb to the Platinuum Label. Olapade believes that there is a huge possibility that the status of the Lagos City Marathon will change at the end of this race on Saturday, February 10.

Yusuf Ali, disclosed that, the 9th Lagos City Marathon will be used to select qualifiers for the next edition of the Olympic Games, Paris 2024.

He stressed the 9th Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will be a great race by all standards, this year.

He added that, air quality control will be checked by the World Athletics among other things done in top world class marathon races across the world.

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