By M E.
Guest Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
The 26th edition of the mount Cameroon race of hope left a lasting impression last weekend in Buea.
The race which brought together 16 foreign athletes amongst hundreds of Cameroonians to challenge the Chariot of the gods was simply a success.
The 2021 edition of the annual endurance event produced two new champions with last year’s winners all settling for the second spot and two new winners emerging from the 2021 race.
The race in it’s usual format had the Veteran, Relays, Junior and senior men and women categories.
Ali Mohamadou finished first in the senior male category in 4hrs 32mins and 24sec bagging home ten Millions plus an extra five hundred thousand as First male to reach the summit and back. While last year’s winners, Godlove Gabsibuin finished second in 4hrs 45mins and 4sec. Fai Elvis earned himself a bronze medal for third position.
Kitang Mildred, last year’s runners-up swapped places with last year’s winner Tata Carine who arrived just few seconds after Mildred who crossed the finish line in 5hrs 21mins and 44secs. And Kenyan Agness Jepkosegei Cheserek who was first to reach the summit, made it 3rd in the Senior women category.
Roland Nyame was first to arrive the Molyko omnisport stadium in 1hr 2mins in the Veteran male category, 53years old Nkambi Martina,first veteran woman to cross the finish line, Ndifon Pamela was awarded gold medal as 1st female junior who was almost denied her possition due to some controversies and another Muslim, Ahmadou Dairou, 15years old was winner of the junior male category in 1hr 49mins 15secs.
With the athletic event known to provide opportunities, the president of the national Athletics Federation Motombi Emmanuel Mbome Promised the race will be back next year and even better.
It is worth noting that a special prize award was handed to 67years old Mr George Njakwai who has participated in all editions of the race since from it’s inception in 1973 and happens to be the oldest.
This year’s race was the first organized in the presence of the global health challenge the Covid-19, with the wearing of face mask made compulsory for all at the stadium.