The countdown to one of Asia’s most prestigious marathon begins. The iconic Mumbai Marathon 2018 will be held on 21st January this year. The event has already witnessed 44407 registrations including the crème de la crème in long-distance running, lining-up to vie for the top honours.
Mumbai Marathon 2018 – The Who’s who of long distance running confirm participation
The USD 405,000 race, shall witness a supreme battle between world-class athletes and India’s best. Getting off the blocks will be Ethiopia’s Tokyo Marathon 2017 runner-up Solomon Deksisa and Mumbai Marathon 2017 runner-up Kenyan Joshua Kipkorir. In the women’s category fans can watch defending champion Kenya’s Bornes Kitur and 2017 Ljubljana Marathon winner Ethiopia’s Shuko Genemo.
The Indian men’s field will be headed by Asian Marathon Champion Gopi T. Nitendra Singh Rawat; Mumbai Marathon 2016 course record holder will also participate. Asian and Commonwealth Steeplechase Gold Medallist Sudha Singh will lead India’s women’s challenge.
Also, L Suriya the fastest Indian women and course record holder for Airtel Delhi Half Marathon and Tata Steel Kolkata 25K shall be there for Mumbai Marathon 2018.
The Indian contingent will be paced by Hendrick Ramaala, the New York Marathon and Mumbai Marathon winner in 2004.
Mumbai Marathon 2018 to host long distance runners from 30 nations
In an overwhelming response, the Mumbai Marathon 2018 heralded a new high this year. The registrations across all six categories of races have participants from over 30 nationalities. On 21st January, the Mumbai Marathon 2018 will bring together the elites, the working athletes, the differently abled, the young at heart, and the affluent, the Housewife, the Industrialists, the Celebrities, the Police, the Navy, the Army and the College Students. All of them showcasing the ‘Can Do…Will Do’ spirit of the event.
The feature or the main race will observe a participation of 6955 runners, whereas 14950 runners will run the Half Marathon. The inaugural Timed 10K Run has 1652 runners in its debut year. For the Senior Citizens and the Champions with Disability Run, there are already 1130 and 1220 runners registered, respectively.
The favorite part of Mumbai Marathon 2018, the very colourful Dream Run will have 18500 enthusiastic runners taking the road, and adding to the carnival-like atmosphere.
Gopi T, who is touted to win from the Indian contingent, belongs to the Army Sports Institute of Pune. His confidence is on a high after becoming the first-ever male runner from the country to clinch the Asian marathon title in Dongguan in China. Gopi clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds.
Another Indian title favourite, Nitendra Singh Rawat is from the Kumaon Regiment. He is expected to give compatriot Gopi a run for his money. He became the best Indian finisher in the Delhi half marathon, and his performance as the top Indian finisher here in 2016.
Both the athletes had also featured in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with Gopi ending up a creditable 25th in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 25 seconds. Rawat’s run was affected with a hamstring injury.
The 29-year-old Gopi from Wayanad in Kerala also finished 28th in the World Championship last year in London, clocking 2:17:13.
Their head-to-head rivalry, similar to what was experienced in 2016 when Rawat was the top Indian finisher in 2:25:48 just ahead of Gopi, is expected to be among the highlights of the USD 405,000 event to be title-sponsored by the Tata Group for the first time.