Indian runners at Mumbai marathon aim for Olympics entry

Mumbai, Jan 14 (PTI) The Indian Army trio of BinningLyngkhoi, best Indian finisher among men in the last edition,highly experienced Ram Singh Yadav and Angad Singh istargeting a berth in the Olympics when they take the field onSunday at the eighth Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon here.

"The weather is cool and good performance could beachieved in good climate. We will try our best. We haveprepared hard for the event at the Pune Army Institute,"Lyngkhoi told reporters during an interaction here today.

"Last year, the weather was very hot, making itdifficult for us to give a good performance. Besides, we couldnot get water at many points. Even some Kenyans couldn''tcomplete their race and a few even collapsed," he said.

Lyngkhoi, who missed the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Gamesdue to viral fever, said he was fit now and raring to go.

"I have been training for this event since November atthe Army Sports Institute in Pune. I ran about 200km a weekas part of the training. A target of below 2hrs:18 mins hasbeen set for us by the coach and we will run with the aim of2012 Olympic qualification," he added.

The Meghalaya runner opined that the mark would havebeen easier to achieve if the timing of the marathon is re-scheduled by an hour.

"The marathon generally begins at 7.40 am. As a result wehave less opportunity to run in the cool weather astemperature gradually increases. It would be easier for us ifthe marathon started at 6.30-7.00 am."

Top Indian finisher in the Delhi Commonwealth GamesYadav, who has just recovered from a hamstring injury, said hewas fit and confident of completing the 42.1-km stretch.

"With some luck, I may churn out a good performance."More PTI VKV SSR RSY AT

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