The course record for Indian women stood at 2:37:29, set by OP Jaisha in 2015. Sudha bettered that by over two minutes, clocking 2:34:56 to secure her spot for Doha, and finishing eighth overall in the race.
For a group of 25 participants from Darjeeling, Sunday’s Tata Marathon was a platform to highlight their concerns. Encouraging increased participation by young sportspersons in the Northeast and voicing a demand for a separate ‘Gorkhaland’ were the issues that they felt were needed to be highlighted.
Among the participants were also 1,130 senior citizens and 1,220 disabled participants.
The victory was finally clinched by the Ethiopian runners Solomon Deksisa and Amane Gobena, clocking 2:09:34 and 2:25:49, respectively.
The 2015 edition of the Mumbai Marathon started on Sunday (January 18) at 5:40 am in which around 40,000 people took part. This year's edition of the marathon both started and finished at the Azad Maidan sports ground in South Mumbai and brought together thousands of long-distance runners, senior citizens, physically challenged participants and amateur runners.