India’s Vinod Kumar and Kenyan Kimitwai win titles at Chennai Marathon

Srinivasan finished the race in a time of 02:37:28 to take the top prize and was followed by Gyan Babu (02:48:46) and Jegadheesan Munasamy (02:57:39) in second and third places.

The marathon, powered by Chennai Runners, saw over 20,000 runners participating across categories.

The marathon, powered by Chennai Runners, saw over 20,000 runners participating across categories. | Photo Credit: RAGU R/THE HINDU

Srinivasan finished the race in a time of 02:37:28 to take the top prize and was followed by Gyan Babu (02:48:46) and Jegadheesan Munasamy (02:57:39) in second and third places.

Coimbatore’s Vinod Kumar Srinivasan and Brigid Jerend Kimitwai of Kenya won the men’s and women’s full marathon, respectively, in the 11th Freshworks Chennai Marathon 2023 here on Sunday.

Srinivasan finished the race in a time of 02:37:28 to take the top prize and was followed by Gyan Babu (02:48:46) and Jegadheesan Munasamy (02:57:39) in second and third places.

After the win, Srinivasan, said, “This is my 30th marathon. I couldn’t complete my first 10 marathons but then I slowly started improving with training. This is the fifth time I am participating in this marathon. It has only got better and better. In 2018, I came fourth. In 2019 I came in second place. In 2020 I was third and now I have won the marathon. This is a result of my continuous training. I trained for three months at Coonor at high altitude prior to coming here to participate.”

In the women’s event, Kimitwai won with a time of 03:31:36 while Sandya Shanker took the second place (03:33:57) and was followed by Mamta Rawat (03:53:41).

“This is the first time I have come to Chennai and this is my first ever marathon. I came here only for the marathon. I trained for three months back home in Kenya and will be returning home next week. The weather was pleasant and the run was enjoyable. I hope to come next year too,” Kimitwai said after her win.

The marathon, powered by Chennai Runners, saw over 20,000 runners participating across categories.

The 11th edition of the marathon saw several firsts, including, over 20 thousand plus runners, 30 debutant runners with visual impairment, 50 blade runners and 50 wheelchair runners taking part.

The marathon comprised four events, for men and women, including, a Full Marathon (42.195 Km) - the flagship race of the event, the Perfect 20 Miler (32.186 Km), the Half Marathon (21.097 Km) and the 10 Km Run.

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