Mumbai Marathon: Sudha Singh Qualifies for World Championships in Doha

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Asian Games medallist Sudha Singh attained the women’s qualifying mark for this year’s world championship in Doha along with Nitendra Singh Rawat, who dipped under the men’s mark, as both finished on top among host country’s runners in the Tata Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.

Sudha Singh hit a jackpot (hat-trick) in the Tata Mumbai Marathon, as she made it three in one go: Winning the Indian women title, setting a record and qualifying for the world championship in Doha.

MC Mary Kom, the ambassador of Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019, inaugurated the event.

 

Sudha Singh bring a series of achievements

Sudha, a 3000m steeplechase specialist and winner of gold and silver medals in the 2010 and 2018 Asian Games, finished just ahead of former champion Dinkesh Mekash of Ethiopia. Her earlier personal best in the marathon was 2:35:35 that she clocked while finishing 19th in the 2015 Beijing World championships. She also bettered the national course record of 2:37:29, which previously stood in the name of OP Jaisha since 2015.

 “Yes, it is a special day for me as I came with a goal to qualify for the world championship, but it turned out to be something much more,” said Sudha who erased the course record with her time of 2:34:56.

 

The Asian Games medallist, Sudha, who hails from Rae Bareli, attained women’s qualifying mark for this year’s world championship in Doha, even as she set a personal best while finishing a creditable eighth overall, well under the qualifying mark of 2:37:00 set by IAAF for the September-October Doha World Championship.

 “I had not thought about 2.34, so I am very happy with the performance. I was training with the pacemaker for two months and hence things were set. The weather was good. My target was to complete below 2 hours 37 minutes. I just want to thank my coach,” Sudha added.

This was her third-best finish among Indians, bringing her on par with Lalita Babar, who did it three times in a row between 2012 and 2014.

Also Read: Tata Mumbai Marathon 2018

Other glories

Jyoti Gawte emerged as the second-best among Indian women in clocking 2:45:48, while Jigmet Golma was third well behind in a slow 3:10:42.

The race was won by Ethiopian woman Worknesh Alemu in 2:25:45 who led her country’s clean sweep of all three podium places.

 

Rawat gained by cramps developed by last year’s best Indian finisher and Asian marathon champion Gopi Thonakal to end up as the top home country finisher in 2:15:52, just under the men’s worlds qualifying mark of 2:16:00.

“I would request Procam (Mumbai marathon organizers) to help me financially for the London trip and visa,” Rawat said.

Results:

Indian men: 1. Nitendra Singh Rawat 2:15:52, 2. Gopi Thonakal 2:17:03, 3. Karan Singh 2:20:10.

Indian women: 1. Sudha Singh 2:34:56, 2. Jyoti Gawte 2:45:48, 3. Jigmet Dolma 3:10:42.

Women’s half marathon: 1. Meenu Prajapathi 1:18:05, 2. Saigeeta Naik 1:19:01, 3. Manju Yadav 1:25:11.

Men’s half marathon: 1. Srinu Bugatha 1:05:49, 2. Shankar Man Thapa 1:06:07, 3. Kalidas Hirave 1:06:38.

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