Robert Kimutai Ngeno, a Kenyan runner, had a strong chance of clinching first place at the 38th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina. However, his position slipped to third when an unexpected stray dog suddenly appeared during the race, causing a disruption and diverting his focus from the competition.
Ngeno showcased an impressive performance, leading the race from the 25km mark up to the 38km point, with a remarkable time of 1:03.21 at the halfway mark. Unfortunately, his encounter with the stray dog proved to be a challenging ordeal. Fortunately, some spectators intervened to assist, but it was too late to regain his lead, according to Sports Lifestyle Africa’s report.
Robert Kimutai Ngeno competed alongside fellow Kenyan athletes Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat and Paul Kipngetich Tanui, an Olympic silver medalist in the 10,000m event at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Despite the dog incident, Ngeno demonstrated remarkable resilience and composure, securing a commendable third-place finish with a time of 2:10.16.
Another Kenyan runner, Edwin Kibet Kiptoo, finished just five seconds behind Ngeno, claiming the fourth position in the race. The overall winner of the marathon was Kiplagat, completing the race in an impressive time of 2:08.29, while Tanui achieved second place with a new personal best time of 2:09.57.