Army Sports Institute’s (Pune) Sanvaroo Yadav beat the scorching heat to win the 3rd Vasai-Virar Mayor’s men’s full marathon, while Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Kavita Raut had a close finish to emerge the women’s half marathon winner yesterday.
Yadav, was a surprise winner, given he began running the marathon only in 2010 after he failed to achieve any success in short distances. He clocked 2:27:27 seconds to finish ahead of his ASI teammate Bining Lyngkhoi (2:31:17s).
Another ASI runner, Budha Ram (2:33:33s) finished third. Yadav walked away with a prize cheque of Rs 2 lakh, while runner-up Lynkhoi and Ram were awarded Rs 1,10,000 and 60,000 respectively.
G Laksmanan emerged the men’s half-marathon winner clocking 1:07:06, while Soji Mathew finished second (1:07:47s) and Karan Singh (1:08:00s) was third clocking. In the women’s half-marathon, state runners Raut, Lalita Babar and Monika Athare, finished first, second and third respectively.
Raut, who is running the season’s first and also her first marathon after her marriage, clocked 1:07:06. Both Babar and Athare finished with identical timings of 1:22:07. Babar was adjudged runner-up, while Athare had to settle for the third place.
The winners of the men’s and women’s half marathon were awarded Rs 1 lakh, while the second and third place winners received Rs 60,000 and Rs 50,000 respectively.
The elite athletes however felt the weather was too harsh and hoped for an an earlier start next year. “Initially there was no problem, but as we crossed the half-way mark, there was a sudden rise in the temperature.
Due to this, I took more time to finish the remainder of distance,” said men’s full marathon winner Yadav. Raut agreed. “It was really hot by the time we finished. We could have achieved better timings had the start been earlier,” she said.