KUNDASANG: Spanish primary schoolteacher Monica Ardid Ubed won the Women's Open category of the 21st Mount Kinabalu International Climbathon 2007 here yesterday.
Ubed, 34, clocked 3'44:08 to beat compatriot Anna Serra Salame who finished second in 3'46:38. Malaysia's Danny Kuilin Gongot came in third in 3'47:47.
Ubed admitted it was tough chasing the early leaders led by Fuji Mountain Race winner Kambara Yuri of Japan.
Yuri was the first to reach the 4,095.2m summit, and won a gold pendant for it, but Ubed overtook the Japanese on the way down to the finish line at Laban Rata (3,272.7m).
For her feat, Ubed received US$4,500 while Salame won US$4,000 and Kuilin US$3,500.
A total of 79 participants took part in the race, dubbed the World's Toughest Mountain Race.
Meanwhile, Malaysians swept the top-three positions in the men's veteran category.
Sarun Sadi won in a time of 3'24:03, ahead of Mointin Matanggal (3'37:06) and Ahing Serinen (3'37:06). – Bernama