Mumbai sprung to life early on a nippy Sunday morning as over 55,000 people took part in the 18th edition of the Tata Mumbai Marathon.

Records tumbled in Asia’s most prestigious race as the Ethiopian duo of Hayle Lemi and Anchalem Haymanot won with new course records to take home $45,000 USD and a course record bonus of $15,000 each.

Lemi took advantage of the slow pace in the first half of the men’s race. The 2016 Boson Marathon winner ran alongside the defending champion and countryman Derara Hurisa, Kenyan Philemon Rono, and half a dozen other runners as they passed through the iconic Rajiv Gandhi Sea Link towards the halfway mark.

Lemi, Rono, and another Ethiopian Hailu Zewdu broke away from the rest of the group at the 26th kilometre mark. The three athletes climbed the Peddar Road together on their return journey. Lemi increased his pace while coming down to enter Chowpatty beach corner and started running on the Marine Drive well ahead of the other two. His 2:07:32 is an early season lead in the world this year. Rono clocked 2:08:44 and Zewdu 2:10:23 for the other two places on the podium.

The women started their race at a fast pace and there was a keen tussle between five Ethiopian runners at the midway stage. Worknesh Alemu, the 2019 champion here, drew from her past experience on the course to take the lead at that point. However, Haymanot, a marathon debutant, broke away from Alemu. Rahma Tusa, two times Rome Marathon winner, and 2022 Sydney marathon runner-up Letebrhan Haylay ran shoulder-to-shoulder with her.  “Running along with these two experienced runners with fast timings to their credit was really a challenge, but I gained much experience from them,” Haymanot revealed during a post-race press conference.

For the first time, the podium finishers in the women’s section finished under 2:25, as Tusa (2:24:22) also finished under the previous course record of 2:24:33 held by Valentine Kipketer (Kenya) since 2013.

Gopi T made a winning return to competitive action while Chavi Yadav pulled off a spectacular victory on her marathon debut in the Indian race.

Olympian Gopi, the first Indian male to win the Asian Marathon Championship in 2017, clocked 2:16:41 to finish on top of the domestic Elites and 10th overall in the 18th edition of the USD 405,000 prize fund World Athletics Gold Label Road Race.

All eyes were on Gopi who was returning to competition after three years following knee surgery and the Army runner didn’t disappoint as he clocked 2:16:41, and was followed by Man Singh, who was 17 seconds behind, and Kalidas Hirave.

Gopi fell short of the upcoming Asian Games cut-off of 2:15 but said the win in India’s largest marathon gave him a tremendous boost.

“It felt good to be back after three years. I maintained a good pace for the first 30-odd kilometres but slowed down towards the end,” the Army runner told a news conference. “I never give up,” added Gopi, who previously won in 2018.

The 2020 winner Srinu Bugatha finished fifth in 2:23:05.

Bhopal’s Chavi said she was running the classic distance for the first time. “I didn’t run more than 25 km even in training,” she told a news conference. Arati Patil finished second, over 10 minutes behind, and Renu Singh was third.

The Elite Indian podium finishers were richer by INR 500,000, 400,000 & 300,000 respectively.

Meanwhile, Parul Chaudhary bettered her course mark in the women’s half marathon and Murli Gavit won the men’s crown. The podium finishers took home INR 100,000, 75,000 & 60,000 respectively.

Provisional results:

Men’s marathon results

RANKNAMECOUNTRYTIME
1HAYLE LEMIEthiopia2:07:32
2PHILEMON RONOKenya2:08:44
3HAILU ZEWDUEthiopia2:10:23
4ABDELA GODANAEthiopia2:11:31
5OKUBAY TSEGAYEritrea2:11:49
6AYCHEW BANTIEEthiopia2:11:53
7ABIDA EZAMZAMIMorocco2:12:36
8MASRESHA BEREEthiopia2:14:56
9JOHN LANGATKenya2:16:08
10GOPI THONAKKALIndia2:16:41

Women’s marathon results

RANKNAMETIME
1GOPI THONAKKAL2:16:41
2MAN SINGH2:16:58
3KALIDAS HIRAVE2:19:54
4ANISH THAPA2:22:00
5SRINU BUGATHA2:23:05
6PANKAJ DHAKA2:28:08

Women’s marathon

RANKNAMECOUNTRYTIME
1ANCHALEM HAYMANOTEthiopia2:24:15
2RAHMA TUSAEthiopia2:24:22
3LETEBRHAN HAYLAYEthiopia2:24:52
4LEMENEH KASU BITEWEthiopia2:28:43
5SIFAN MELAKUEthiopia2:29:22
6WORKNESH ALEMUEthiopia2:30:45
7KUMESHI SICHALAEthiopia2:31:00
8AYANTU KUMELAEthiopia2:31:11
9SHARON CHEROPKenya2:31:30
10ADANECH ANBESAEthiopia2:33:01

Indian women’s marathon results

RANKNAMETIME
12CHAVI YADAV2:50:35
13ARATI PATIL3:00:44
14RENU SINGH3:01:11
15JIGMET DOLMA3:03:31

Men’s half-marathon

RANKNAMETIME
1MURLI GAVIT1:05:20
2ANKIT DESHWAL1:05:48
3DEEPAK KUMBHAR1:05:51

Women’s half-marathon

RANKNAMETIME
1PARUL CHAUDHARY1:15:07
2NANDINI GUPTA1:24:12
3POONAM SOUNE1:24:59

OPEN 10K

RANKNAMECOUNTRYTIME
15 to 24 yrs Female
1AMRITA PATELIndia38:13
2SHITAL JADHAVIndia43:10
3AMRUTA GAIKWADIndia43:49
    

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