As expected, Kenyan-born runners swept the podium at the third Access Bank Lagos City Marathon on Saturday, claiming all three top medal positions in the men's category while Ethiopians made a clean sweep on the women's side.
Abraham Kiprotich, who now competes under the French flag, set a new championship record when he claimed the men's title with a time of 2:13:04.
That time eclipsed Abraham Kiptum's winning times of 2:16.19 and 2:15.23 run in the 2016 and 2017 editions of the competition respectively.
Kenyan Kiboss Ronny was not far behind his former compatriot with a time of 2:13:26.
Rounding up the sweep was Victor Benjamin who finished the 42 km race with a time of 2:13:29.
Herpa Guta led an Ethiopian wipeout of the women's race, cantering to victory with a time of 2:38.23 to finish ahead of Girma Getachew (2:38.34) and Ayelu Hordofu (2:38.39).
Kiprotich claimed the top prize of $50 000, while the second and third place finishers received $40 000 and $30 000 respectively.
Iliya Pam finished as the top Nigerian in the race, returning a time of 2:40.16 to edge 2016 winner Flilbus Sharubutu who came a distant second on 2:54.07.
Pam also won the category last year while William Kefas finished third on 2:58.07.