Gurugram, Dec 1 : Kenya's Roland Kibiwoti Kemboi and India's Kalpana Deka Saha won their respective Apollo Tyres Millennium City Marathon 2019 in the men's and women's category here on Sunday.
Roland clocked 2:44:13 and Kalpana's timing was 3:53:20.
Roland made light of having had to run some extra distance after missing a turn soon after the start and caught up with the leaders well before the runners took the U-turn at the halfway mark on the first loop of the course. “It was a very enjoyable run and I loved the course and the weather,” he said. Kalpana with roots in Meghalaya became a favourite to secure her maiden victory in three years of taking part in MCM. She had won age-category titles in 2017 half marathon and 2018 marathon.
She overcame stomach cramps to emerge on top of the heap with a steady run to avoid last year's error of running a fast first half and paced herself well to leave others in her wake. “It felt a little longer this time,” she said that the feeling could have been sparked by the stomach cramps. Kaushalendra and Kenyan Sally Jebiwott Kurui ran out winners of the men and women’s half-marathons while Sadender Singh and Bharti claimed the 10km.
Abhishek Soni, a 23-year-old from Satna pulled away to finish with a seven-minute margin over Vipul Kumar in his maiden marathon. Meanwhile, Sally Kurui broke the event's half marathon record with a time of 1:21:35 10 minutes faster set by Kiranjit Kaur 1:31:25 in the opening year.
Kiranjit rode on the pace set by the Kenyan and finished four minutes behind her in a fast race.
The men’s half marathon was a close fought affair with Bulandshahar’s 19-year-old Kaushalendra sprinting away in the end to secure victory in 1:17:29, leaving Ladakh runner Manzoor Hussain and 44-year-old Armyman Sabal Singh to battle it for the second place.
More than 1800 runners finished the timed events run on the iconic Sikanderpur and Golf Course Road underpasses. Milind Soman, fitness ambassador, enjoyed a relaxed half-marathon after he completed flagging-off the event. (UNI)