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Kenya’s Abraham kiptum vows to retain Access Bank Lagos City Marathon title

The surprise winner of the 2016 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Kenya’s Abraham Kiptum, has vowed not only to retain the title he won last year but promised to run a sub 2.10:00.

Compatriot Peter Kiplagat was favoured by athletics buffs to win the first international marathon in Nigeria in 31 years, but Kiptum surprised bookmakers when he won in 2.16: 21.

“I want to retain my title and run a sub 2.10:00 on February 11, 2017,” Kiptum said in a statement made available by the Communications and Media Department of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

“I came to Lagos as an underdog, nobody gave a chance, and people were expecting Kiplaglat to win, so I ran without any pressure. I know I will be the center of attraction on February 11, but am mentally and physically prepare for the challenge, I know am in good shape to win and do it under 2.100.’

’ Kiptum also praised the Lagos crowd and the weather, “for a city that does not have a marathon culture like we do in East Africa, I was shocked at the people’s enthusiasm and support for the runners. They cheered us so I am appealing to the Lagos crowd to please to come out again in their thousands and support us in February.”

“The weather was also agreeable, I was expecting it to be very hot but it wasn’t, the weather was good’’.

Kiptum praised the Lagos State Government and the sponsor, Access Bank, for putting Nigeria on the global marathon map again.

“I strongly believe that Nigeria can compete with the world in marathons and road races if they invest in the talents they have. Remember, about 30 years ago they had Abbass Muhammed who was doing 2.16:00 then. At the last outing; there was Philip Sharabutu who ran 2:30:51 and some other young runners who finished the race under 2.40:00. If these runners are supported with the right coaches and they run regularly, they can catch up with the rest of the world in five years’’ said Kiptum.

Read more at: http://www.cityvoiceng.com/kenyas-abraham-kiptum-vows-to-retain-access-bank-lagos-city-marathon-title/

18 Comments
  • Ohaegbulem Faith Basilia

    Please sir,when is the date for the collection of bibs and numbers?

    January 10, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply
  • Abubakar Adamu

    I registered for the 2017 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon but I have not received any mail acknowledging my registration. What should I do? Thanks

    January 14, 2017 at 9:39 am Reply
  • Oladeji Olajide

    l enjoy the race as a volunteer at the last edition.I am also intetested to volunteer at this year race.

    January 14, 2017 at 9:54 am Reply
  • Damola

    Pls when is the pick up date for the running kit

    January 17, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Damola

    Pls when is the pick up date for the running kits

    January 17, 2017 at 6:43 am Reply
  • Anyebe Daniel

    I haven’t been there before, but y’all should watch out for me at Lagos City Marathon come February 11 2017

    January 19, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply
  • suberu Emmanuel O.

    Well, all i want to say his that, i am winning this years tournament, as the first Lagosian to win the game.

    January 24, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply
  • adigun elijah abodunrin

    we are coming lagos

    January 24, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Okunola I

    There are some people in Nigeria that can outrun Kiptum. Lets see what will happen on February 11th. There is going to be a great challenge

    January 25, 2017 at 4:38 pm Reply
  • Emeka Monye

    Please let me know the process of getting involved in the lagiscitymarathon contest as an online publisher

    regards

    January 27, 2017 at 10:14 am Reply
  • Emeka Monye

    Hello,

    Please I would want to know the process of getting involved in the marathon contest as an online publisher

    Regards

    emeka

    January 27, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply
  • joseph michael

    yes he his but am assuring all lagosians that this year is going to be totally different from lastyear because am coming from nowhere to prove to nigeria that we can also make it…..

    January 30, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply
  • RAHHEM SAMAD

    I hope it won’t be like that of last year, a lot of people were cheating on the race!!!

    January 30, 2017 at 9:10 am Reply
  • Mayowa

    When is the due date for collection of bibs and time.

    February 2, 2017 at 2:01 pm Reply
  • Olusegun ABIODUN

    May God bless our action governor for supporting the marathon race & for his suggestion to build a marathon fun park

    February 4, 2017 at 3:58 pm Reply
  • philip odeigah

    i registered and i want to know how i can get my number and kits thank you

    February 5, 2017 at 8:05 pm Reply
  • lucky joseph

    Am coming to win d title Abraham kimptum shud b prepared

    February 7, 2017 at 9:47 pm Reply
  • Sanni

    I’m gonna challenge the current champion

    February 9, 2017 at 10:00 am Reply
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