Ram Singh finishes seventh in GROE at Singapore marathon

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Mumbai, Dec 2 (UNI) India's Ram Singh Yadav finished in the 7th position in the GROE Nation Challenge category in the Standard Chartered Singapore International Marathon held at Singapore today.

Running his maiden marathon on foreign soil, Ram Singh clocked 2:29:30s to finish in the 23rd position overall in the marathon, information received here today stated.

Indian Men team now leads South Asia and Middle East region with a total cumulative timing of 4:58:24 hr after 2 races out of 4 in the Standard Chartered Greasiest Race on Earth challenge 2007/08.

In the overall standing India has slipped down one position to sixth among 33 National teams.

In the Women's section Mumbai's Leelamma Alphanso clocked 3:16:14hr to finish first in the South Asia and Middle East category but Indian still need to improve on cumulative time to beat Sri Lankan team.

The second GROE leg in Singapore witnessed 53 national athletes from 33 different nations run for their teams, to try to win a share of US 1.08 million dollars, the highest guaranteed prize pool in world athletics. The series moves on next to Mumbai in January, followed by the final leg in Hong Kong in February. The GROE teams are made up of four runners and are represented at each leg by a different team member.

Bining Lyknoi and Dhiraj Indresh will represent India's challenge in the 3rd leg of GROE 2007/08 in Mumbai on January 20 next year.

Nation Challenge Overall standing (Men): 1 Kenya B 04:38:51, 2 Kenya A 04:42:44, 3 Uganda 04:51:15, 4 Zimbabwe 04:53:00, 5 Russia 04:55:42, 6 India 04:58:24, 7 Sri Lanka 05:01:34, 8 Peru 05:04:13, 9 Botswana 05:05:52, 10 Brazil 05:14:30.


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