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Kheta Ram corners glory

CHAMPION: Kheta Ram bettered the course record en route to his victory in the men's marathon on Sunday.

CHAMPION: Kheta Ram bettered the course record en route to his victory in the men's marathon on Sunday.  

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Kheta Ram (Army Sports Institute, Pune) overcame humid conditions to better the course record in the men’s full marathon category at the fifth Vasai Virar Mayor’s marathon on Sunday, clocking two hours, 22 minutes, 32 seconds bettering the previous mark of 2:22.38 set by last year’s champion Neeraj Pal.

Girish Tiwari (Air Force, Bengaluru) was second (2:28.01) and Sunil Prasad third (2:29.20).

ASI’s sMan Singh clinched the top honours in men’s half-marathon (1:06:37), followed by Indian Army runners S. Bugatha and A.B. Balliappa in second and third places.

Kheta Ram earned Rs. 2.50 lakh while Tiwari and Prasad got Rs. 1.25 lakh and Rs. 75,000 respectively.

Man Singh and Swati, the half-marathon champions, got Rs 1.25 lakh each.

This event is sanctioned by the Athletics Federation of India.

The results:

Men: Marathon: 1. Kheta Ram (ASI, Pune) 2:22.32 (NR, OR: Neeraj Pal 2:22.38, 2014); 2. Girish Chandra Tiwari (Air Force) 2:28.01; 3. Sunil Prasad (2:29.20).

Half-marathon: 1. Man Singh (ASI) 1:06.37; 2. S. Bugatha (Army) 1:06.54; 3. A.B. Balliappa (Army) 1:07.03.

Women: Marathon (amateur): 1. Seema Varma (4:01.59); 2. Kushboo Vaish (4:24.04); 3. Preeti Rohinton Lala (4:44.05).

Half-marathon: 1. Swati Gadhave (Central Railway) 1:18.35; 2. Rohini Raut (Nagpur) 1:19.24; 3. Monika Athare (LIC) 1:20.36.

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