Kenyan Kelai wins Mumbai marathon
For the fourth time on the trot, runners from the African continent steal the show at the Mumbai Marathon.india Updated: Jan 22, 2007 13:47 IST
For the fourth time on the trot, runners from the African continent stole the show at the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday with Kenya's John Kelai finishing the line in 2:12:28 hours to emerge the winner.
Ethiopians Gashaw Melese (2:12:33) and Tariku Jufar (2:12:50) finished second and third, respectively in the 42.195-km race held on a sunny morning.
Mounting a superb rally in the second half of the race, Kelai overcame a stiff challenge from Gashaw to walk away with a cheque of USD 31,500.
Kelai, who was trailing Jufar till the 34-km mark, picked up pace after the Peddar Road flyover in South Mumbai to emerge victorious in his debut run at the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, which has emerged as one of the most keenly awaited sporting events in the city's calender.