2018 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon winner, Abraham Kiprotich has set his sighs on defending his title at the 2019 edtion of the event which holds on Saturday in Lagos.
The Kenyan-born French athlete, who finished last year’s race while setting a new record time of 2:13:04 hours in the men’s category, said he is looking forward to snapping up the 50,000 USD 1st prize up in the IAAF Bronze Label race.
The 33 year old has won three out of his past four marathons, ending 2018 with a season’s best of 2:10:55.
“I know this year’s edition will be very tough than last year, I know there are top athletes, who have prepared very well and going for the same target, which is to win the race. I am very ready to win this event again,” Kiprotich told NationSport in Lagos on Friday.
While rating the Access Marathon as one of the top ten in the world, Kiprotich, who specializes in 10K run, 10,000 metres, 5000 metres, Half Marathon and Marathon said the weather condition will not be a major issue to him in accomplishing his dream.
“This marathon is fantastic. This marathon in Nigeria is among the top ten marathons in the world. It is one of the marathon that has helped me and I am so happy to be here in Nigeria again.
“This weather is hot and I am sure it will be hard for everybody and not only me. It will have the same effect on everybody.Thousands of athletes will start the race and only one will become the winner which I hope will be me,” Kiprotich told NarionSport.