Ethiopian runners asserted their dominance at the Tata Mumbai Marathon, with defending champions Hayle Lemi Berhanu and Aberash Minsewo securing victories in the men's and women's races, respectively, on Sunday.
In the men's elite category, Lemi claimed a consecutive win in the gold label road race, completing the marathon with an impressive timing of 2:07:50. Haymanot Alew (2:09:03) secured second place, followed by Mitku Tafa (2:09:58) in third. Srinu Bugatha represented India with a notable performance, finishing eighth overall with a timing of 2:17:29. Gopi Thonakal and Sher Singh Tanwar also delivered strong performances among Indian men.
The Ethiopian dominance continued in the women's elite race, where Minsewo clinched the gold medal. Muluhabt Tsega secured second place, and Medhin Bejene finished third. Nirmaben Thakor Bharatjee emerged as the top Indian woman runner in the elite race.
The Tata Mumbai Marathon showcased Ethiopia's prowess in long-distance running, with their athletes claiming top positions across various categories. The event highlighted the international and competitive nature of the marathon, bringing together elite runners from around the world to compete on the streets of Mumbai.
(With Agency Inputs)