About fifty elite athletes has arrived Nigeria as part of the star-cast for this weekend’s Lagos City Marathon.
According to the general manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli, most of the athletes are from Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Bahrain, Cameroon and Rwanda.
Top on the list of athletes includes Kenya’s Peter Kiplagat who won the 2015 Geneva Marathon, he said he hopes to finish the 42km race inside 2hrs 17 minutes adding that the time should see him among the top finishers.
“I am very excited to be in Lagos for their first City marathon, I have been training hard for this, this is my first time in Lagos and this is also my first big race of the year, I am here to win, I hope that happens on Saturday,” Kiplagat declared.
Also another first-timer in Lagos, Morocco’s Khalid Lablea said he is positive of having a good race in Lagos despite seeing all the star athletes also in town from Kenya, Ethiopia and other countries for the marathon.
From Ethiopia is winner of the Rome 2012 Marathon Abebe Negewo.
The General Manager for the marathon race, Yussuf Alli said it was pleasing to see all the athletes show up for the race even as he added that they will be going on a route tour on Friday to familiarise themselves with the road .
Meanwhile, as many as 150 Nigerian elites, mostly from Jos, are in Lagos, while 20,000 athletes are expected to feature in the marathon which is the first of its kind in over three decades in the country.
About 92 million naira is on offer for marathoners who can cover a distance of 42.195 kilometres.