The News Agency of Nigeria reports that as early as 5.00am the contestants and participants were already gathered at the front gate of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, for the race that began at 6.30 a.m.
As expected, Kenyan-born runners swept the podium at the third Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday, claiming all three top medal positions in the men's category while Ethiopians made a clean sweep on the women's side. We have done Lagos proud again and we have done Nigeria proud again.
The made this known on Saturday at year's edition of the tournament held at Eko Atlantic City (EAC), Victoria Island.
"I am promising that we can only get better by enhancing the performance of our athletes".
A Nigerian, Henry Adeniran, who is participating for the second time, said the crowd was not as much as previous year.
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"The number of participants is increasing yearly and this shows that Nigerians are more aware of long distance races, " he said. "But we are exhausted of presenting trophies to the East Africans, we will continue in our quest to commit resources to training our Nigerian athletes for them to also win the marathon", the governor stated.
"I am excited about this event and it is good for the image of athletics, Lagos State and access bank".
In his address at the marathon, host governor Akinwumi Ambode pledged to train Nigerian athletes to ensure a home victory in two years.
There were also prizes for Nigerians in the newly introduced 10km race, which saw Sajo Ismaila (male) and Ona Salay (female) drive home a brand new saloon auto each and other mouth-watering prizes.
Also speaking, Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung commended the State Government, organisers and sponsors of the Marathon, assuring that the Federal Government would partner with the State to prepare Nigerian athletes to compete at the top level with their foreign counterparts.