Bengaluru, May 15: The sheen of ninth edition of mega running race TCS world 10K 2016 on Sunday was enhanced by long jump legend, Mike Powell, with record long jumper dancing to the beats of DJ (Disk Jockey) to boost the participants took part in the race beating the heat of IT city.
For a change, Home Minister of Karnataka too was seen enjoying the event. Parameshwar was clapping to the music and appeared in dancing mood. Lighter notes aside. Scorching temperature of mid-may bothered athletes resulting in the slow down of pace of running. However, change of running course this year added to the benefits of the runners.
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TCS 10K was flagged off by G Parameshwar at 6 AM. Indian sporting star Anju Baby Jorge put her appearance to cheer the athletes. Karnataka state sports and fisheries minister Abhay Chandra Jain joined Parameshwar later in the morning.
Elite International Men
Jhon Langat of Kenya, who emerged runner up in the race in elite men, international category speaking to OneIndia said "compared to New Delhi where he participated in a race last year, Bengaluru is more hotter. Athletes encountered little difficult due to harshness of the weather."
Langat said, the course through which runners ran was smooth and came as a benefiting factor. He added he is happy to secure second and more happy to see his friend Mosinet Geremew to reach first at the finishing line in 28 minutes and 26 seconds. Langat completed his race in 28 minutes and 37 seconds.
Mosinet too is of the similar opinion. He opined his speed was cut off due to hot conditions but he loved the route he ran as it was clean and organised well. Third to finish, Bonsa Dida of Ethiopia set his foot on the end line in 28 minutes and 42 seconds. It was a good sign for the racing community to see bunch of 5 reaching the line back to back.
All three winners were of a view that, elite 10 K men could have been started at 6 AM rather than 7.25 AM.
Elite Indian Men
Among elite 10K Indian men, Lakshmanan G from Tamil Nadu topped the race. In 30 minutes and 34 seconds, Lakshmanan G saw through the victory, while Suresh Patel followed Lakshmanan in 30 minutes 36 seconds. And Nitender Singh, who will participate in Rio Olympics bagged bronze medal completing the race in 30 minutes 53 seconds.
Elite Indian Women
This time around, Federation Cup star Swati Gadhave's morale during the race was high, to secure first place against the second she won in TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2015. Swati did it. But the mood of her was low as she made a brief pause mid-race succumbing to miscommunication. However Swati Gadhave in elite Indian women category championed the race clocking 34.45 seconds.
Following Swati, Sanjeevini Jadhav and Meenu completed the race. Sanjeevini secured silver medal running in 36.13 seconds and Meenu in 37.18 seconds.
Elite International Women
In elite international women section Peres Jepchirchir won the race in 32.15 seconds, Health Kiprop grabbed silver running in 32.28 seconds and Wude Yimer finished it in 32.33 seconds.
Delight to Watch
Delight to watch was a 6 AM event, open 10K. As many as 12, 200 people from across the city participated in the event. Like ants at work, gathered participants following the flagging off the 10K event flocked one behind another.
The fun filled zeal to take part in the race was visible in the body language of all. Senior citizens, and specially abled too engaged in the race. Three were separate categories for the both.