Ullas, Apoorva to lead Indian challenge at 24 Hour World Championships

Ullas Narayana qualified for the World Championship by covering a mind-boggling 250.371 kms during the 24-hour Stadium Run a couple of months back.

Ullas Hoshalli Narayana will represent India at the IAU 24-hour World Championship in Albi, France.   -  AFI/Twitter

India’s top ultra runners, Bengaluru’s Ullas Narayana and Delhi’s Apoorva Chaudhary will lead the country’s challenge in the IAU 24-hour World Championship in Albi, France, over this weekend.

Ullas Narayana, a veteran runner from Bengaluru who works in Vancouver (Canada) now, qualified for the World Championship by covering a mind-boggling 250.371 kms during the 24-hour Stadium Run a couple of months back.

Among the women, Delhi’s Apoorva covered 176.8kms to become India’s top candidate, and both will fancy their chances in the gruelling competition.

The nine runners — five men and four women — have been selected by the Athletics Federation of India, and are being sponsored by IDBI Federal Life Insurance, which holds various marathons in India, and NEB Sports.

The runners: Ullas Narayana (250.37 kms, Sunil Sharma (215.6 kms), Binay Sah (222.240 kms), Pranaya Mohanty (211.6 kms), Kanan Jain (207.2 kms), Apoorva Chaudhary (176.8 kms), Hemalata Saini (172.3 kms), Priyanka Bhatt (170 kms) and Shyamala Sathyanarayana(167.6 kms).