Chasing the London Olympic qualification mark in men’s marathon, India’s top three runners — Binning Lyngkhoi, KC Ramu and Ram Singh of Services — are planning to skip this Sunday’s race in Mumbai. Instead, in pursuit of their dream, the three runners want to run the Dubai Marathon that is slated for Friday, January 27.
The main reason for skipping the Mumbai race, according to one of the runners, was due to the humid conditions and higher temperatures. “High humidity saps energy,” the runner said, adding: “Dubai is a better option where the temperature prediction at the time of start is between 10-15 degrees Celsius.”
In comparison, weather reports for Mumbai on race day (at the time of start) predict a temperature between 24 to 29 degrees Celsius. Apart from local weather conditions, with parts of the race snaking through the coastal areas, the head-on wind is another factor competitors want to avoid if they are hoping
to make the cut within the B qualification standard of 2 hours, 18 minutes. The A standard is 2:15.
To come within the qualification mark in the grueling event, Binning & Co along with other Services runners have been for the past seven weeks training in the high altitude of Ooty.
“Training is going on keeping in mind the Dubai Marathon,” one of the officials associated with the camp told HT. Hopefully, the official added, at least two runners should make the cut.
Confirming the development, Athletic Federation of India (AFI) director ML Dogra said: “There is a proposal to send athletes overseas for marathon event.” The marathon team is awaiting necessary paper-work to fly off to Dubai.