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Mumbai Marathon: Biggies on a different track

Ethiopians Tesfaye Abera, a rank outsider, and defending champion Dinknesh Mekash clinched the men’s and women’s titles, respectively, and the top prize of $ 41,000 in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon on Sunday.

Abera finished in two hours, 9 minutes, 46 seconds, which is 14 seconds slower than the course record. Among the Indian men, last year’s topper Karan Singh retained his position as the best finisher by clocking 2:21:35 to finish overall 11th.

India’s seasoned track athlete O P Jaisha, running her maiden marathon, and steeplechaser Lalita Babar, last year’s fastest Indian woman finisher, took the eighth and ninth slots, with Jaisha also breaking a 19-year-old national mark in the process.

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