Monday, October 17, 2016

Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon: Abahan defends title in 29th Mt. Kinabalu

BAGUIO City’s female runner Sandi Menchi Abahan returned with style and flair after reclaiming the women’s elite title at the close of the 29th Mt. Kinabalu International Climbathon in Sabah, Malaysia October 16.

The 27-year-old former University of the Cordilleras varsity after the cancellation of last year’s competition clocking two hours, 58 minutes, and 48 seconds.

Despite the callous weather, the reigning TheNorthFace100-Philippines women’s champion enjoyed a 12-minute advantage against second placer Viola Kimeli of Kenya who crossed the finish line with 3:11:42, followed by Malaysian Tahira Muhammad with a 3:22:22 after the 26-kilometer out and back trail race.

This will be the young Cordilleran’s second women’s title for the Malaysian tiff, cruising with a solid 6:15:12 when the former 36-kilometer mountain summit sprint was held two years ago.

In 2015, the Sabah Tourism Office cancelled the event after damages on the mountain trail were caused by an earthquake June of the same year.