On the Satara Hill Half Marathon where Ethiopian athletes had a complete superiority, Biruk Assefa Jifar and Mesirak Seme clinched the men’s and women’s crowns, respectively. 

Ethiopian runners swept the Satara Hill Half Marathon on Sunday as Biruk Assefa Jifar clinched the elite men’s title while compatriot Mesirak Seme claimed the women’s crown.

The run, with 7,000 runners taking part, saw Diniyas Kumsa coming in second in the men’s category
while Adisu Abebe finished third. In the women’s section, Bontu Megersa was behind Mesirak Seme followed by Misa Mohammed ­ all the runners are from Ethiopia.

Biruk Assefa Jifar and Mesirak Seme got richer by Rs 1,50,000 each. Renowned athletes from Ethiopia, Kenya, Finland and Germany competed in this 21 km ‘ultra’ half marathon, considered to be one of the toughest marathons in India and staged across the lush green Western Ghats.

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Steeplechase athlete Lalita Babar flagged off the marathon and later felicitated the winners along with Marathon Association Satara president V.S. Jadhav.

The course of the Satara Hill Half Marathon is measured and ratified by the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF). The 21 km half­ marathon is organized by the Marathon Association Satara, a nonprofit organization.

The Half Marathon further had three categories ­­ Top Over­all Finishers (including Indian and Overseas Elite runners), Top Indian Finishers (only for Indian finishers residing in India, irrespective of age) and Indian Finishers having Age­wise Group Categories.

This Dhamaal run is organized to convey the message of ‘Beti koi bojh nahi‘ as a message against
female foeticide.

Source: TheSportsCampus
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