Robert Kimutai Ngeno headed to the Buenos Aires Marathon in Argentina on Sunday with one goal in mind, to win the race and walk away with more than Ksh 1.1 million.
However, things did not turn out as expected for the 29-year-old who was looking very comfortable leading the pack at the 21km mark.
An unleashed dog emerged and suddenly began pursuing him and he was unable to keep the focus. As reported by Sports and Lifestyle Africa, a small crowd of spectators came to Ngeno’s aid, chasing away the dog that had interrupted his race.
The Kenyan was primed to win but the disruption from the dog forced him to settle for third place.
His compatriots, Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat and Paul Kipngetich Tanui finished first and second in respective times of 2:08.29 and 2:09.57.
He had opened his season with the 42km debut at the Stockholm Marathon earlier this year with an impressive fourth-place finish and was hoping for a good outing in Argentina but he leaves the country in heartbreak.
The marathon in Argentina was just but his second race this season and he has so far displayed impressive results. Ngeno is surely one to watch in the upcoming races.