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Robert Kimutai Ngeno’s dream of pocketing KSh 1.1 million took a nightmarish turn when an unexpected encounter with a stray dog dashed his hopes during the 38th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina.
The 29-year-old marathoner had been performing exceptionally well, clocking an impressive 1:03.21 at the halfway point and securing the lead from the 25km mark to the 38km mark. However, his concentration was disrupted when a stray dog suddenly appeared out of nowhere and began chasing him, causing him to lose his top position.
Fortunately, spectators came to Ngeno’s rescue, ending the frightening encounter with the dog. However, it was too late to regain his leading position. Despite this setback, Ngeno displayed remarkable resilience, regained his composure, and secured a respectable third-place finish with a time of 2:10.16. Edwin Kibet Kiptoo, another Kenyan, crossed the finish line just five seconds later, claiming the fourth position.
The ultimate victor of the race was Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat, who completed the marathon in an impressive time of 2:08.29. Paul Kipngetich Tanui, the silver medalist in the 10,000m event at the 2016 Rio Olympics, secured the second spot with a new personal best time of 2:09.57.
Switching gears to another notable achievement in athletics, Kenyan long-distance marathoner Eliud Kipchoge, affectionately known as “The Goat,” recently celebrated a triumphant victory at the Berlin Marathon. Kipchoge clinched his fifth win in Berlin with a remarkable time of 02:02:42.
The champion took to social media to express his immense pride and joy, reflecting on his journey from the early days of his career. He extended his gratitude to the enthusiastic crowd and described Berlin as his “special place,” emphasizing the significance of this victory in his illustrious career.