Ethiopians Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men's and women's titles respectiely and the top prize of USD 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon here on Sunday.
Seasoned runner O P Jaisha, who broke the 19-year-old women's national marathon record here on Sunday, said that she will abide by whatever limits are imposed by Athletics Federation of India on the number of such races an athlete can run in a calendar year in future.
The return of seasoned distance runner and London Olympian Ram Singh Yadav has made it a real challenge for last year's top Indian finisher among men, Karan Singh, to repeat his feat in Sunday's Mumbai Marathon.
African runners are once again expected to sweep the stakes in the USD 3,60,000 prize money 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday with Kenyan men and Ethiopian women favoured to clinch the top honours.
This Sunday's Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon would be the pre-qualification event for the World Championships in August in Beijing, said Athletics Federation of India president Adille Sumariwalla on Friday.
Lalita Babar completed a hat-trick of wins among the Indian women and set a new course record, while Pune-based Army Sports Institute`s Karan Singh was the best finisher among the Indian men in the 11th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, here today.
Mumbai Marathon winner Lalita Babbar will not take part in the women`s section of the 14th Asian Marathon Championship to be held in Hong Kong (China) tomorrow as she is appearing in her degree examination.
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 here on Sunday.
A 70-strong contingent of heart patients from the renowned Asian Heart Institute (AHI) will join 39,000 fit runners Sunday at the high-profile 9th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, an official said here Saturday.
The upcoming Mumbai Marathon will be a fiercely fought affair with world`s leading athletes, including former world champion Luke Kibet, Ethopia`s Siraj Gena and Kenya`s Laban Moiben confirming their participation in the event.