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Ethiopian athlete Sintayehu Legese wins 2019 Lagos City Marathon

The 2019 Lagos City Marathon has been won by an Ethiopian athlete, Sintayehu Legese.

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The Ethiopian athlete, Sintayehu Legese, who won the $50,000 prize slated for the winner of the tournament, finished the race with a time of 2:17:26, while Joshua Kipkorir came second. Athletes who came second and third, would be going home with $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

Sunday Manasa however got a spot for Nigeria, as he ended the race in sixth place to emerge the country’s best male performer. In the female event, Ethiopians Alemnesh Herepa and Kebena Chala were second and third respectively behind Meseret, while sixth-place Deborah Pam was Nigeria’s best performer in the 2019 Lagos City Marathon.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition which started at 6.25 a.m. featured no fewer than 20,000 runners. Some of the runners told NAN at the starting point of the 42km race that they slept within the stadium axis as they did not want to be late for the race.

Ismail Agunbiade, 32, said that he had to leave his house around Kilo area in Surulere at 5 a.m. in spite of the rain.

I could not even sleep because all my thought was on the marathon, I could not afford to be late. Going with the crowd is the fun of starting the race,” he said.

Eniola Smith, a student of Yaba College of Technology, said that the rain was no deterrent, saying that the weather would make running easier for her.

“Though this is my first time of participating, I am sure the weather will improve the running time of elite and amateur runners.

“I am happy to be participating even when I know that I may not win. The beauty of it is running,” she said.

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