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Athlete targets national record at Lagos City Marathon

05 January 2016, 20:01Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Nigerian athletes participating in the February 6, 2016 Lagos City Marathon are not just looking at the prize money, but they are aiming at new national record.

One of them is Jos-born long distance runner, Emmanuel Gyang who has stated that he will be gunning for another national record.

A star-cast of athletes across the world is expected to grace the maiden Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and for Gyan, running alongside the big guns from Kenya, Ethiopia and other parts of the world should help him lower the 42km National record which currently stands at 2:16:06 secs set by Mohammed Abass for almost three decades.

“I have already started my training and by God’s grace I want to set a new record in my first big outing in a full marathon,” Gyan declared from his base in Jos, Plateau state.

Also read: Dalung to visit Lagos City Marathon office

Gyan who on 7th, December 2013 set a new national record of 1:04:18 secs in the 21km at the Nanning International race in China says Lagos has always been a good hunting ground for him and he hopes it will be same when he lines out to compete in the much-anticipated February 6 event.

“I have always done well when I come to Lagos to run, actually I was the back-to-back champion at the Lagos Beach Marathon (a 10km-race),” Gyan boasted.

Gyan who also emerged as the top Nigerian at the last edition of the annual 10-kilometre Okpekpe race also said it is heart-warming that Nigeria through Lagos state and Access Bank is finally situating itself properly on the world marathon map.

Already, organisers have announced that the winners of both the men and women’s events at the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon will go home with $50,000 each, while second and third place finishers will take $40,000 and $30,000 respectively.

The top 20 Nigerians will also be rewarded with cash prizes starting from N1 million, while the second and third positions will settle for N750, 000 and N500, 000 respectively.

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