Ethiopia’s Abebe Dinkesa, has emerged the winner of the 8th Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race which was concluded today in Obudu, Cross River state, making this his third victory at the annual race.
The Ethiopian came ahead of others in 1hr 03mins to clinch the top place and a cash prize of $50,000 while Kenyan’s Macdonald Ondara was second in 1 hr 06 mins and his compatriot Chemosin Robert came third in 1hr 07mins.
Dinkesa had in 2008 set a race course record of 41:45 minutes when he won his first title.
He reclaimed the title, in 2010 and today, became the first man to win the men’s title three times since the race’s inaugural edition in 2005.
The distance of the men race, which until last year was 11.25 km, is now 12km.
In the women’s race, it was yet another East Africans dominance as Etenesh Diro Neda of Ethiopia won the first position in 1hr 03mins, winning the $50,000 prize money and Kenyans again that took the second and the third position.
Bisuenei Rita Jeptoo crossed the line in 1hr 02.45mins and in third place was Kipoech Paskalia in 1hr.04mins.
PAST WINNERS OF THE OBUDU MOUNTAIN RACE
Year Men’s winner Time(m:s) Women’s winner Time (m:s)
2005 Ben Dubois (AUS) 48:44 Anna Pichrtová (CZE) 55:46
2006 Francis Kibiwott (KEN) 42:26 Rehima Kedir (ETH) 53:26
2007 Habtamu Fikadu (ETH) 42:50 Rita Jeptoo (KEN) 51:42
2008 Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) 41:45 Andrea Mayr (AUT) 51:14
2009 Habtamu Fikadu (ETH) 42:03 Mamitu Daska (ETH) 49:12
2010 Abebe Dinkesa (ETH) 42:21 Meselech Melkamu (ETH) 48:57
2011 Hunegnaw Mesfin (ETH) 41:50 Genet Yalew (ETH) 48:45