Video: Marathon in Hyderabad draws participants across all age groups

Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew and Yebrgual Melese won the men’s and women’s overall titles, respectively, in the 2012 edition of Hyderabad 10K Run at People’s Plaza here today.

Olympian Sudha Singh ran her personal best time of 35 minutes and 18 seconds to win the Indian women’s title and finish third overall, while Rattiram Saini emerged fastest among the Indian men, clocking 30.16, a time that helped him finish 8th overall.

Sudha scored her second consecutive win over arch-rival Kavita Raut, that too by a considerable margin this time, Kavita coming home in 36.01 and Monika Athrey taking third place in 37.21.

The Indian men’s race was closer, with Rattiram followed by G Laxmanan in 30.30 and Nitendra Singh Rawat in 30.54.

Geremew, the fastest male athlete in the elite field lived up to the stature, as the 20-year-old clocked his personal best time of 27 minutes and 36 seconds beating Kenyan Nicholas Kipkemboi, who fell short in the final sprint to finish a second behind in 27.37. The Third place went to Ugandan Jackson Kiprop, who stopped the clock at 28.16.

Yebrgual Melese, who had a 4th place finish in the Delhi Half Marathon in September last was pushed all the way by Kenyan Beatrice Mutai, but pulled ahead in the last kilometer to win in 33.21. Beatrice followed home in 33.36, with Sudha securing third place in 35.18.

Geremew and Yebrgual bagged Rs 1.5 lakh by winning the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.

More than 8,500 participants took the starter’s flag at the People’s Plaza, with 2,500 running in the 10km run and 6,000 taking part in the Mazza Run.

Union Tourism Minister K Chiranjeevi, Speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Nadendla Manohar, Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma, Tennis star Sania Mirza, All-England badminton champion Pullela Gopichand were among those who participated in the event.

“It was great to see the people of Hyderabad coming together in such large numbers to run. This run is not just about health and fitness, but also about supporting various causes Hyderabad believes in,” Chiranjeevi said, according to a release.

(This article was published on November 25, 2012)
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