Defending Champion and Olympian Sudha Singh clinches the title for the third time in a row.
A stellar show was put up by the elite Indian Athletes.
Army Man Srinu Bugatha and Defending Champion Sudha Singh secured the winning title of the 17th edition of Tata Mumbai Marathon in the Indian Elite athlete men and women’s category respectively.
Arjuna Awardee Sudha Singh clinched the title with the timing of 2:45:30s.
On her win, Sudha Singh said, “My aim was to make a hat-rick this year. The route was also good. I attained my best timings last year but the climate was humid and hot, whereas the weather was more suitable this time. There was availability of water bottles at every 5km. My overall experience was good. I also wanted to thank my coach, Bijendra Singh, for guiding me throughout.”
First time full marathon runner and army man, Srinu Bugatha finished first amongst the Indian runners by clocking 2:18:44.
Commenting on his win, he shared "I am thankful to my pacers for their help. I am happy but I feel I would have clocked a better timing than this. My pace dropped at the last kilometer and I couldn't make a proper recovery from that. Regardless, I am looking forward to performing better in my upcoming marathons." Srinu's overall ranking is 13th, with a gap of 10:35 seconds between him and Derara Hurisa, the winner of Full Marathon.
Sher Singh who was participating for the first time in Tata Mumbai Marathon finished second clocking the timing of 2:24:00. Sher said,"I started the race with Srinu Bugatha and kept my pace along with him steadily till 35km after which I slowed down. The route was good but the weather was quite humid." He signed off by saying that he is looking forward to coming back to Tata Mumbai Marathon and beating his time.
Durga Bahadur Budha, another proud army man joined the winning runners by finishing third with the timing of 2:24:03. Durga shared," This is my second time running Tata Mumbai Marathon where I had finished second. Currently, I am not regularly practicing for marathons, mostly the only form of training I do is my army training. Also, an injury kept away from the marathon scenes last year. Keeping these things in mind, I am personally happy with my timings and I hope to outperform myself next time."
Two-time Mumbai marathonwinner, Jyoti Gawate emerged as a runner-up of the 2020 edition of the Tata Mumbai Marathon, clocking the timing of 249:14s.
Shyamali Singh, a marathoner from West Bengal attained the 3rd position in the Indian Elite women category with the timing of 2:58:44s. She was previously the winner of Allahabad marathon.
Sudha Singh and Jyoti Gawate ran together till the 30km mark, post which Sudha took the lead. The Arjuna Awardee Sudha Singh finished the race in 2:45:30s.
Shayamali Singh – I am very happy with my position. I would like to thank my coach, Santosh Singh, who is also my husband for supporting me.
Jyoti Gawte – Route and weather both was good this time. I was running along with Sudha Singh till the 30km mark, post which Sudha took the lead. I stopped for water but further I couldn’t recover the distance.
In the women’s elite half marathon, Parul Chaudhary finished as a winner, breaking the course record by clocking the timing of 1:15:37. Aarti Patil and Monika Athare secured the 2nd and 3rd position with the timing of 1:18:03 and 1:18:33 respectively.
Course record breaker Parul Chaudhary said, “I am feeling very happy to have complete the marathon in 1hr 15min 37secs and not only the weather but also the route was better this year compared to last year.”
Monika Athare added, “ This is a true moment of rejoice for me, as I was injured one year back and was told to quit running by the doctors. With the support of my parents and my belief in myself, I continued running and today I successfully secured 3rd position.”
In the men’s elite half marathon, Tirtha Pun emerged as the winner, finishing the race in 1:05:39s. Securing the runner-up position, Man Singh clocked the timing of 1:06:06. Whereas, Balliappa AB finished third with the timing of 1:07:11s.