Kenyan athlete Robert Kimutai Ngeno was attacked by a stray dog at the 38th edition of the Buenos Aires Marathon held on Sunday (24) in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
The 29 year-old passed through the half way mark in 1:03.21 and went ahead to take the lead from the 25km mark to 38km where the stray dog appeared from nowhere and chased him, forcing him to loose concentration of the race as he fought for his dear life. The small crowd came to his rescue as they chased the dog that had caused him to drop from the leading group of two that included the Cornelius Kibet Kiplagat and the 2016 Rio Olympics 10,000m silver medallist, Paul Kipngetich Tanui who was making his debut over distance.
Ngeno who is under the tutelage of coach Willy Langat of Kelite High altitude Training camp that is based in Nakuru and who was on a pace of 2.06, managed to put aside the dog frustrations and held himself together and fought off his compatriot, Edwin Kibet Kiptoo to finish in third place in a time of 2:10.16 with the latter coming home in fourth five seconds later.
The race was won by Kiplagat in a time of 2:08.29 with Tanui taking silver in a new personal best of 2:09.57.