22 November 2016 Current Affairs: As expected, Eliud Kipchoge, Kenya’s reigning Olympic marathon champion bagged the winner’s title in Delhi Half Marathon on 20 November 2016. While he was declared winner in men’s category, Ethiopia’s Worknesh Degefa claimed the women’s title.
Kipchoge, who won the gold medal at Rio Olympics in August 2016, is considered to be one of the greatest marathon runners of all times.
Highlights of the race : The race was flagged off by Union Sports Minister, Vijay Goel and Adille Sumariwalla, President of Athletics Federation of India and Council member of IAAF. The race witnessed participation from nearly 34000 people spread across different categories.
Kipchoge completed the 21.097km course in 59:44, unable to beat the course record of 59:06 set by Ethiopia’s Guye Adole in 2014.
While Ethiopia’s Yigrem Demelash came in second with a very close timing of 59:48, Augustine Choge from Kenya finished third with 60:01.
In the women’s category, while winner Degefa finished first with a timing of 1:07:42, fellow Ethiopian Ababel Yeshaneh came in second with a timing of 1:07:52 and Kenya’s Helah Kiprop came third with 1:08:11.Kenya’s reigning half marathon world champion Peres Jepchirchir also participated in the race. She came in fifth with a timing of 1:08:28.
The women’s record of 1:06:54 set by Mary Keitany of Kenya in 2009 also remained unbeaten this time. Both the men’s and women’s winners were awarded 27000 US Dollars.
Amoung Indian men, G Lakshmanan came first with a timing of 1:04:34 and among the women, Monika Athare finished first with a timing of 1:15:34.
Mohd Yunus (1:04:38) and Man Singh (1:04:40) came second and third amoung Indian men while amoung women, Sanjeevani Jadhav (1:15:35) came second and pre-race favourite Swati Gadhave (1:17:43) finished third.
Eliud Kipchoge : This was Kipchoge’s first competitive race after his win in the Olympics. It is his second time in India. He was previously here to participate in the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, where he won silver in a 5000m race. His personal best time in full marathon stands at 2:03:05, only third fastest behind Dennis Kimetto (2.02.57) and Kenenisa Bekele (2.03.03).