Posted by News Express | 3 February 2016 | 4,205 times
Fifty elite athletes who are part of the star-cast for the 2016 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon holding this weekend will arrive in the country tomorrow, February 4, officials have confirmed.
The General Manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli, revealed that most of the expected athletes will be coming from Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Cameroon and Rwanda.
Alli further stated that the incoming athletes will drive straight to the Expo Center of the Marathon race at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, Lagos, to collect their race bibs and numbers.
The athletes will also be warmly received by Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission and head of the organising committee for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, Deji Tinubu.
“We are expecting the bulk of our elite athletes on Thursday from their respective bases, they are all eager to be here for the Lagos City Marathon,” Alli stated.
Top on the list of those expected in Lagos on Thursday is Kenya’s Josphat Kifanni Too, who has a Personal Best Time of 2.08.23secs.
Peter Kiplagat, who won the 2015 Geneva Marathon, is also expected from Kenya as well as his compatriot Sammy Kibet, winner of the 2011 Warsaw Marathon.
Abebe Negewo, winner of the Rome 2012 Marathon, is equally expected from Ethiopia.
Meanwhile, organisers have confirmed that as much as150 Nigerian elites; mostly from Jos will also be arriving in Lagos on Thursday.
Over 20,000 athletes are expected to feature in the February 6 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon which is the first of its kind in over three decades.
About N92 million is up for grabs for marathoners who can run from the Old Lagos (National Stadium Surulere) to New Lagos (Eko Atlantic City), a distance of 42.195 kilometres.
•Sourced from Lagos city marathon.com. Photo shows elite athletes during an international marathon race.
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