The 11th edition of Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon will be held on January 19 next year with an increased prize money.
The event organisers announced on Wednesday that the prize money for the marathon has been raised by $10,000 to $3,60,000. Top Indian male and female finishers will get Rs 5 lakh each,the organisers said in a statement on Wednesday. The event will have over 39,500 participants. The full marathon event has received 3,600 entries,while the Half Marathon has an unprecedented 14,200 entries,the release said. The Senior Citizens’ Run will have 1,360 participants,while the Champions with Disability Event would have 200 participants. Besides,20,150 people have registered for Dream Run section,it added.
WCG felicitates legends
Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana felicitated Indian Hockey custodians at the WCG Courts after the completion of the 34th Victor DMello Annual Floodlit Rink Hockey Tournament. The legends were later given a token of appreciation by WCG general secretary Richard Dias.
Bhambri enters last eight
Prerna Bhambri kept the Indian flag flying by entering the singles quarter-finals of the NECC-ITF women’s USD 25,000 event at Deccan Gymkhana in Pune but three of her compatriots made their exits. Delhi girl Bhambri played some flawless tennis to whip an erratic Peangtarn Plipuech of Thailand in straight sets. Plipuech’s gave glimpses of a fight when she broke the Indian in the fifth game of the first set but Bhambri broke back promptly and then again in the 10th game,to win the set 6-4. The second set was totally one-sided as Bhambri didn’t drop a single game on her way to a clash against Kazakhstan’s Kamila Kerimbayeva for a berth in the semis.
But three other Indian women were eliminated. Mumbai’s girl Snehadevi Reddy had no answers to the power of Thailand’s Nungnadda Wanasuk,losing 1-6 0-6. Sowjanya Bavisetti,another qualifier who had made it to the second round,was outplayed 6-2 6-2 by top seed Magda Linette while Sharmada Balu,also a qualifier,was defeated by third seed Diana Marcinkevica of Latvia 6-4 6-0.
Wadkar in final
Top seed Karishma Wadkar from Mumbai’s Shuttle Craze academy made the finals of the u-17 event at the 38th Junior National Badminton championship at Chandigarh on Wednesday. Wadkar staved off a late comeback from Karnataka’s Shikha Gautam 21-11 22-20 to reach her maiden national final. In the u-19 girls’ section,defending junior national champion Ruthvika Shivani stayed on course for a double crown after reaching the under-17 and under-19 finals.