Three runners from Pune finished 87-km Comrades Marathon,dubbed as the ultimate human race,in South Africa.
Dnyanesh Chitnis,40,completed the race in 10 hours 49 minutes and 48 seconds and bagged a Bronze medal,awarded to participants finishing the race between 9 and 11 hours. Kaustubh Keserkar,30,completed the race in 11 hours 48 minutes and 57 seconds to earn the Vic Clapman medal. Vivek Prasad,45,missed the 11-hour cut-off window by 30 seconds. As per the rules,he was not allowed to finish the race by a few metres.
The marathon an ultra marathon of approximately 89 km is run annually in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa between the cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg. Runners,over the age of 20,qualify for the marathon after they are able to complete an officially recognised marathon (42.2 km) in less than five hours.