Ethiopian athletes Kenenisa Bekele and Degitu Azimeraw win the elite men and women’s titles, respectively, of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K (TSK 25K) 2017 in Kolkata, India.
KOLKATA, India (News18)―World record holder in 5000m and 10,000m, Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia made an effortless transition to 25km running as he won the 2017 Tata Steel Kolkata 25K (TSK 25K) elite men’s race, in Kolkata, West Bengal of India.
Degitu Azimeraw then made it an all-Ethiopian affair by winning the 25K elite women’s category with a timing of 1 hour 26 minutes and 01 seconds.
In the elite national section, 21-year-old Maharashtra runner Avinash Sable set a course record of 1:15:17, bettering the previous mark set by G Lakshmanan who came third in 1:17:13, which also was better than the last edition’s timing.
Kalidas Hirave came second in 1:16:18 as all the three of them bettered 2016 course record of 1:17:23.
In the elite women’s national section, L Suriya won the race with a timing of 1:26:53, getting past Sudha Singh’s course record of 1:27:31.
Manju Yadav came second in 1:32:51, while Jhuma Khatun came third in 1:32:58.
A winner of eight gold medals in Olympic and World Championships, Kenenisa Bekele had made a perfect marathon debut winning in Paris 2014.
The Ethiopian made a smooth transition to 25K as he paced his race brilliantly and stayed in the mix till the 21K before breaking loose with his giant strides and went past the finish line in 1:13:48.
His closest competitor Tsegay Tuemay (1:14:29) of Eritrea was nowhere in sight when he went past the finish line. Augustino Sulle was third in 1:14:41.
Kenenisa Bekele’s timing, however, was a shade lower than his intermediate time of 1:12:47 en route to winning the Berlin Marathon 2016.
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