If we look at the conditions in which these athletes had to run, the Indians know them better, as they are born and brought up running in such streets and courses. Soj Mathew, M D Yunus, V L Dangi, Kheta Ram and Ajay Patel in the men's category, and Lalita, Monica Athare, Kavita and Sudha Singh represented India in the women's category. They were simply not a match to the African runners, for whom winning the championship has become a cakewalk.
The best Indian in the race was Rahul Kumar Pal who finished 16th with a timing of 1:06:12s and Sudha Singh finished her race with a timing of 1:19:34 in the men's and the women's category respectively, reported rediff.com. The winners, Kipyego and Wude, however finished the race in 1 hour and 55 seconds 1 hour and 11 seconds respectively.
No big names have been heard in the Indian marathon arena, though from time to time, we have had some middle distance runners in the 1500 and 3000 metre-category, who earned a name for themselves in the international circuit. The two most noticeable athletes are Bahadur Singh and Surendra Singh. The only Indian who participated in the marathon during the 2012 London Olympics was Ram Singh Yadav, who finished at 78th place.
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