INDORE: Runners from Ethiopia dominated the inaugural edition of Indore Marathon organised by the Association of Indore Marathoners in the city on Sunday.
While all three winners in men’s 21-km open category were Ethiopians, it was their compatriots who were among two of the top three finishers in the women’s open category of the same event.
In the 21-km half marathon men’s open category, Ethiopia’s Angasa Ware clinched the first place clocking a time of one hour, five minutes and just over 42 seconds, while compatriot Abera Demelash was a close second. Their country mate, management graduate Belay Shimelis stood third.
In the women’s open category of the same event, Ethiopian Keneni Kome timed one hour, 18 minutes and 58 seconds to win the race, while Kenyan Linal Chirchir stood second and Ethiopia’s Adanech Jefare secured the third position.
In both the open men’s and women’s categories of the half marathon, winners walked home with Rs 1 lakh prize money, first runners up with Rs 50,000 and second runners up got richer by Rs 20,000.
In the Forces-Services men’s category of the same event, army men Nandraj Singh Naruka from Hyderabad stood first, followed by Abhimanyu Kumar and Deepak Kumar from Pune. Veteran segment of the same half marathon was won by Samir Singh and Shilpa Thergaonkar.
The 10 km-race in the forces category was won by Vinod Kumar and Vimla Ahirwar, while B Srinu won the same event in the men’s open category and Neelam stood first in the open women’s segment.
The inaugural edition evoked participation of around 13,000 marathoners, 30% of them were women. More than 20 participants at the event were foreigners, including African nations, the UK and the US.
The event was held in three categories, including the 5 km-race, in which 8,000 runners took part, 10 km-run in which 4,000 runners took part and around 900 marathoners featured in the 21-km half marathon.
While the 10-km and 21-km run was flagged off by state urban administration and development minister Kailash Vijayvargiya from Nehru Stadium, the 5-km run was flagged off by the minister from Rajwada. All three runs culminated at the Nehru Stadium.
“It’s a great start to this event and we aim to make it a big time marathon in the years to come, much along the lines of Mumbai and Delhi Marathon,” Vijayvargiya told TOI.
Marathoners who ran through different parts of the city were guided by digital clock-equipped pilot cars and motorbikes. The roadsides were dotted with stalls bearing marathon slogan Clean Indore, Green Indore and Healthy Indore.
Source: The Times of India
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