Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Saturday unveiled plans to invest in training of Nigerian athletes to compete with elite athletes all over the world for the grand prize of the annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon, saying that he is exhausted of giving the award to East African countries.
Kenya has claimed a clean sweep of the 2018 Lagos state marathon.
"I am promising that we can only get better by enhancing the performance of our athletes".
"In the last two and half years, Lagos has actually progressed in terms of landscape and the aesthetics in the city we believe strongly that sports is part of that social facility that we can bring to bear to let people see what it is that is going on in Lagos.
So in the next two to three years, I believe with that support, we would get to where we want to be", the Governor said.
Former Bolton Wanderers talisman, Okocha, however, made a decision to take part in the 2018 Lagos marathon competition.
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Long distance runner Munyaradzi Jari expressed satisfaction with the course for today's Lagos Marathon in Nigeria which he described as very good while also declaring that he is more than ready to hit the road this morning.
But Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has promised to dislodge the elite runners from the medals table.
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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.
Iliya Pam emerged the first Nigerian to cross the finish line while Ethiopian lady, Herpha emerged the first the first female to cross the finish line.