"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".
Lagos Governor, Akinwumi Ambode has said that annual Access Bank Lagos City Marathon can get better with Nigerian athletes improving in their performances. This year, we have over 100 elite athletes coming and we have nearly over 20,000 people running.
"I just want to say a big thank you to all the participants and also the organizers".
The "king" of soccer Okocha was excited before the start of the 10 km marathon race in the ancient City of Lagos.
"For us, three years and we are able to get this bronze medal rating, that's a remarkable achievement".
"We will be organising programmes and build on the success of the marathon to enhance our athletes and to prepare them for the next edition, " he said. Tukur Buratai, and President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, are among top dignitaries expected to participate in this year's Lagos City Marathon taking place on Saturday (today).
The victor of the men's race Abraham Kiprotich, speaking after winning the race, said that consistency was his watch word while preparing for the marathon.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (3rd right), with Miss Damilola Oluwaseyi (3rd left) who completed 22km; Bimpe Oluwaseyi, who completed 10km (2nd right); wife of the Governor, Bolanle (2nd left); Deputy Governor, Dr. (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule (left) and Minister of Youth and Sports, Barr.
He also announced additional cash reward for Nigerian athletes who finished top in the male and female categories as well as young athletes.