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Mumbai Marathon:Ugandan Kiprop, Kenyan Valentine set new records Last Updated : 20 Jan 2013 02:49:39 PM IST
Pacemaker Jackson Kiprop of Uganda and rookie Valentine Kipketer of Kenya set new course records on their way to the men and women's titles respectively in the USD 350,000 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
Binning Lyngkhoi was the best Indian finisher among men while Lalita Babar successfully defended her title in the women's section in the 10th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.
Debutant Kiprop, who was supposed to set the pace in the closing stages, overcame a strong field that included defending men's champion Laban Moiben of Kenya to storm to the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 32 seconds, thus dipping under the two-year-old course mark of 2:09:54.
The victory made the 26-year-old richer by USD 55,000 which included the USD 15,000 bonus for breaking the record.
In second place was Jacob Cheshari of Ethiopia who, too, bettered the previous course mark by finishing in a fast 2:09:43, while Elijah Kemboi came third in 2:10:03.
Last year's winner and pre-race favourite Moiben was 5th in 2:10:55.
Kiprop, who is the training partner for London Olympics men's marathon champion Stephen Kiprotich, said he came here straight after his three-month-long training stint with the Olympic gold medallist in Kenya and it stood him in good stead.
"This is my first marathon. I have been training with Kiprotich in Kenya. I came here straight after training with him for the last three months. I started running in half marathons in 2005. This year, I have started my full marathon," said Kiprop, who won USD 40,000 as winner besides the bonus for breaking the course record.
Indian Army's Lyngkhoi finished with a timing of 2:21:51,below his previous best of 2 hours and 18 minutes. Ashish Singh clocked 2:23:05 for the second place while Elam Singh, who was leading the Indian pack at the start, came third at 2:23:09.
Lyngkhoi, who was upset with his timing, said, "I am not happy. Last year, I couldn't participate in the Marathon and I was very upset. In 2010 and 2011, I came first. I had planned to break the course record, but that did not happen. I was slow till 21 km and then caught up with them (Elam and Ashish) at 30 km. After 32 km, I got ahead of them," said the Meghalayan.
Asked about the absence of last year's Indian elite winner Ram Singh Yadav, Elam said, "If he had participated,the result could have been different."
In women's field, Babar finished with a timing of 2:53:42, followed by her Railways team mate Vijay Mala Patil and debutant Rohini Raut with timings of 2:57:42 and 3:03:21 respectively.
"Last year, I did it in 2:53:33, and I wanted to break it. But I am happy with today's performance," said Babar. Incidentally, all three women athletes hail from Maharashtra.
First-runner up Patil said she was disappointed that her friend couldn't break the course record.Babar, who hails from Satara district, said more women, especially from villages, should participate in athletics.
"In villages, people don't know much about athletics.I used to play Kho Kho and always had the desire to participate in athletics. I didn't know how to race, nor do the coaches in villages know. We need sponsorship to develop further," she said.
Nagpur-based Raut (22) said she would now focus on the 42 km event. She would use the prize money of Rs 3 lakh for travel and diet expenses, she added. "My father is a truck driver. My family spends close to Rs 12,000 per month on diet for me and my twin sister," she said.
The top Indian male and female finishers received a prize money of Rs 4.50 lakh each. The results (Top 3): Men: Binning Lyngkhoi 2:21:51, Ashish Singh 2:23:05, Elam Singh 2:23:09.Women: Lalita Babar 2:53:42, Vijay Mala Patil 2:57:42,
Rohini Raut 3:03:21.
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