By Boris Esono N
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
The compulsory test for this year’s edition of the Mount Cameroon race of hope has been held in Buea with Hamadou Ibrahim from the North West Region and perennial champion in the female category Tata Carine from the North West winning the race in the male and senior categories respectively.
Hamadou Bi Ibrahim did the race in 2hrs 15mins and 17secs. He was followed by Saidu Nuhu Yerima (2hrs 17mins and 9secs) and Mentan Cornelius in third position (2hrs 22mins and 24secs).
It should be noted that Hamadou Ibrahim who is from the North West region will be running this year under a club in Buea, as the region looks to get a champion. The hope for the Region Lyonga Essombe could only finish in 7th position doing the race in 2hrs 29mins and 07secs.
In the female category, three times consecutive winner of the Mount Cameroon race Tata Carine came in the first position. She did the test race in 2hrs 58mins and 40sec. Che Christabel came in the second position with 3hrs 16mins and 09secs while Nkenghabi Confidence finished third and did the race in 3hrs 22mins 00sec.
The display for the young Tata Carine in the test race shows she means business this year and will be the main contender to retain the crown which she won last year.
“I did not face any challenge because there was nobody to compete with,” a confident Tata Carine told journalists. “I just did my training and I finished it. For my ambitions this year I do not yet know as I have not finished my training when I do I will know, Tata Carine said.”
The test race that took place January 16 saw over a hundred and fifty athletes who took part. The 2021Mount Cameroon race, which will be in its 26th edition, has been scheduled for February 27.
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