The 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon was flagged off by brand ambassador and six-time world champion Mary Kom. More than 46,000 runners took to the streets of Mumbai to participate in the Tata Mumbai Marathon.
The richest marathon in India with a prize pool worth USD 405,000, the event has six different race categories - Full Marathon (42.195 kms), Half Marathon (21.097 kms), Senior Citizens Race (4.7 km), Dream Run (6.6 km), Champions with Disability category (2.1 km) and a newly added edition Open 10K run. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also flagged off the 16th edition of IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019 along with his wife Amruta Fadnavis and minister Vinod Tawde. They were joined by actor Gulshan Grover, Tina Ambani, and politician Shaina NC. Pic credit/ Twitter CMO Maharashtra
Just before the flag off of the marquee race, Indian supermodel and fitness icon Milind Soman was also spotted with his wife Ankita Konwar at the starting line of the Tata Mumbai Marathon. The Pinkathon ambassador was sporting a bib and was all set to run the marathon barefoot. Pic credit/ Shadab Khan
Mary Kom, the face of the 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon was seen cheering the runners at the starting point of the Tata Mumbai Marathon. The six-time world champion even showed her boxing skills as soon as the full marathon was flagged off. Pic credit/ Shadab Khan
Politician and Mumbai NCP President Sachin Ahir also graced the flagging off evet of the Tata Mumbai Marathon. He was the first one to share live pictures and videos from the Tata Mumbai Marathon event. In one of his post, Sachin Ahir wrote: What a spirit hats off Mumbaikar! Pic credit/ Twitter Sachin Ahir
The 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon race day was streamed live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports HD 1 and Hotstar from 7.00 am to 11.30 am. The show was hosted by sports anchor Gautam Bhimani who took to Twitter to share the good news. Gautam tweeted: No better sight at the crack of dawn! We are underway for the Tata Mumbai Marathon! Pic credit/ Twitter Gautam Bhimani
The Tata Mumbai Marathon saw elite runners - Indian and International taking center stage. Besides the elite runners, the event witnessed over 46,000 participants from amateurs to fitness lovers, business typhoons to Bollywood celebrities taking to the streets of Mumbai on this day. In the 16th edition of the TMM, 8414 runners participated in the full marathon (42.195km), which is a 22 per cent increase compared to the last edition.
The marathon started opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Railway Terminus and ran across many of the city's classical locations such as Flora Fountain, Chowpatty, Marine Drive, Haji Ali, Mahim Church, and of course the very majestic Bandra-Worli Sea link. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
The initial part of the elite men's category of full marathon saw Kenyan runners dominate their counterparts. But slowly and gradually as the pack of elite runners moved towards Bandra Worli Sea Link (BWSl), Ethiopia's Aychew Bantie, bib no 5 took over the Kenyan runners after 16 kms of the run. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
Soon, it was a game of chess in the elite men's category as the lead changed from Kenyan to Ethiopian runners and vice versa. After 34 kms of the run, it was Kenya's sprinter Cosmas Lagat who was miles ahead of the rest. He continued his dominance and maintained his lead and took away the glory by winning the men's elite category with a timing of 2 hours, 9 minutes and 15 seconds, which is the second-best in the 16-year history of the race. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
In picture: Cosmas Lagat sprinting towards the finish line.
Soon after Cosmas Lagat's victory, it was Indian speedster Nitendra a Singh Rawat who thronged to victory in the Indian elite men's category. Rawat, who won the Mumbai Marathon in 2016 and was a course record holder in the Indian Men's Elite field bounced back in style at the 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon by winning the elite Indian Men's race. Three years ago, Rawat had announced himself to the world by smashing the Mumbai Marathon course record back in 2016 with a career-best timing of 2:15.48. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
In picture: Nitendra Singh Rawat closing in on an impressive victory as he hits the home stretch.
Bib no.106, Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia won the Elite Women category race as she managed to crack timing of 2 hours 25minutes and 45 seconds. The elite women's race also became a one-horse course over the last 5 km once Ethiopian Alemu split the field with 12 km left in the race. Pic credit/ Twitter Tata Mumbai Marathon
In picture: Worknesh Alemu of Ethiopia is seen closing in on an impressive victory at the Tata Mumbai Marathon.
Indian Olympic athlete Sudha Singh left her compatriots behind in the Indian Women category as she hit the home stretch! At the 16th edition of IAAF Gold Label, Tata Mumbai Marathon Sudha Singh aimed to emulate Lalita Pawar's feat of becoming thrice winner of the Mumbai marathon. Pawar had won in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Sudha is defending champion and has won twice before. Sudha won in 2017, 2018 and winning this year's Indian women category comes as an icing on the cake as she successfully qualified for the World Athletics Championships to be held in Doha (Qatar). Susha clocked a personal best timing of 2 hours 34 minutes and 56 seconds at the Tata Mumbai Marathon.
MC Mary Kom, the brand ambassador of the Tata Mumbai Marathon poses for a picture after presenting the winners' medals to the Indian runners who won the Indian elite men's category. Narendra Singh Rawat cracked a timing of 2:15.52 while T Gopi finished second with a timing of 2:17:03. Karan Singh came third with a timing of 2:20:10. Pic credit/ Twitter IOS India
Bollywood actress and host of The Tara Sharma Show, Tara Sharma Saluja took to Twitter to share her pre-morning routine before the start of the Tata Mumbai Marathon 2019. Later, the actor even shared a video with Mary Kom at the finish line of the Tata Mumbai Marathon after she completed her the Dream Run (6 km) in 33 minutes. Pic credit/ Twitter Tara Sharma Saluja
Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan was also spotted at the Tata Mumbai Marathon. He was sporting a T-shirt that read, "Break the silence around gender-based violence." Kartik was present to promote a noble cause of Stree Hinsa Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan. Pic credit/ Twitter Kartik Aaryan
Chef, Television host and Entrepreneur Saransh Goila took to Twitter to share the joy of running the Tata Mumbai Marathon as he posted a picture with his medal and bare feet. He wrote: It is my fifth half marathon but this was truly special because I did it barefoot. I realised that when you're barefoot every step counts and every step is different. Running might never be the same for me! Pic credit/ Twitter Saransh Goila
The Twitter handle of Mumbai Police is well known for raising awareness and their witty tweets. Post the successful completion of Tata Mumbai Marathon, the Twitter handle of Mumbai Police shared a picture of runners running on the sea link and captioned it: And Mumbai Ran yet again! Congratulating the city the handle tweeted: Congratulations Mumbai on completing another successful edition of the Mumbai Marathon! Pic credit/ Twitter Mumbai Police
To which Bollywood actor Rahul Bose re-tweeted the post and captioned it: And much of the credit goes to you Mumbai Police! Thank you!
Tribal women from Gujarat NGO, Shrimad Rajachandra Love and Care during yesterday's Dream Run. Pic/Bipin Kokate
The Mahatma is a marathon runner too. Pic/Shadab Khan
A couple of jokers from the pack during the Mumbai Marathon. Pic/Shadab Khan
A woman poses with mannequin heads during the Mumbai Marathon. Pic/Shadab Khan
A passer-by lends a helping hand to a man who had apparently fallen off his bike while the runners nonchalantly continue with the race at the Tata Mumbai Marathon. Pic credit/Sameer Abedi
The 16th edition of the IAAF Gold Label Tata Mumbai Marathon witnessed over 46,000 athletes taking over the streets of the maximum city. The Tata Mumbai Marathon was flagged off by brand ambassador and six-time world champion Mary Kom. Indian speedsters Sudha Singh and Narendra Singh Rawat won the women's and men's Indian category and successfully qualified for the IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha. IAAF World Championships to be held in Doha. The Tata Mumbai Marathon was a huge success. The Tata Mumbai Marathon was attended by famous personalities such as Devendra Fadnavis, Amruta Fadnavis, Vinod Tawde, Milind Solam, Ankita Konwar, Sachin Ahir to name a few. Pictures/ Mid-day photographers, Twitter
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