Lagos - As the countdown to the 2017 Lagos City Marathon
begins, the first Nigerian male marathoner to cross the finishing line at the 2016
edition, Philibus Sharubutu is hoping to replicate the same feat come February
Sharubutu’s feat at the 2016 Lagos City Marathon earned him
invitation to 2016 Paris Marathon and Doha Marathon.
He says the experience garnered from his international
outings will come to bear in his performance at the 2nd edition of the Access
Bank Lagos City Marathon.
He said: “I am preparing well for the forthcoming Lagos
Marathon. I just commenced full training this week because I ran two marathons
in November, and needed some time to recover. First was the Doha Marathon which
I ran on the 11th, where I placed 10th overall. I then competed in the
International Jos Marathon on the 27th which I won.
“In fact I have recorded a lot of improvement because I
shaved off about 4 seconds from my Personal Best (PB) of 2:32.41 at the Jos
Marathon. I finished among the Top 40 at the Paris Marathon last April, so
racing in both Paris and Doha have really helped me. My plan is to retain my
title that’s why I’m working this hard for it.”
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It will be recalled that Sharubutu surprised many athletics
buffs by beating more experienced Emmanuel Gyang to become the first Nigerian
to cross the finish line. Sharubutu is not only confident of upstaging Gyang
once again, but beating the world best.
He said: “The 2016 Access Bank Marathon was Gyang’s first
time of running the 42km, so he isn’t too familiar with the tactics involved,
and that was why I came from behind to beat him. His strong area is the 10,000m
and the 21km. I also defeated him at the Jos Marathon which he led for the
better part, before I came once again from behind to beat him. The 42km is my
race, so I’m confident of beating and staking a claim to the ultimate title at
the 2017 Access Bank Lagos Marathon.”
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