Naibei, Dinke win 2021 Access Bank Lagos City Marathon

Kenya’s Emmanuel Naibei and Meseret Dinke emerged as the winners of the 2021 edition of the World Athletics Silver Label race.

Nabei on Saturday returned a time of 2hrs 14 mins 10 sec (unofficial) to claim the top prize which is 30,000 USD.

While the winning time falls short of the course record of 2:10:23 set last year, it is the second-fastest ever in the history of the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

A runner-up at the 2019 Guangzhou Marathon where he set his current Personal Best time of 2:08:27, the ageing Naibei is still waxing strong. 

Nabei was also among those with podium finishes at the CFLD Beijing Marathon, Beijing where he finished third.

Now in its sixth edition, this is the fourth time a Kenyan is emerging as the winner of the 42km Access Bank Lagos City Marathon.

In the women’s category, Meseret Dinke reclaimed her title after also finishing in the first position ahead of her other rivals

Dinke won the 2019 edition of the Access Bank Lagos City marathon but was dethroned last year by Kenyan by Sharon Cherop who set a new course record of 2.31.40

This is the fourth time an Ethiopian would be winning the women’s race.

 Only 300 elite runners participated in Saturday’s race due to strict Covid-19 protocols.