Legese, Kuma cor­ner TSK 25K glory

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Keep­ing alive the pre­race pro­jec­tions Ethiopian run­ners proved their supremacy win­ning both the men’s and women’s elite races in the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K.

Birhanu Legese, his com­pa­triot Bayelign Yeg­saw and the Kenyans Eric Kip­tanui and Amos Kipruto kept a tight pack till the last hair pin at the 20 km mark.

Legese switched gears in the fi­nal 400 me­tres to fend off com­pa­triot Yeg­saw, who was the only one chas­ing him. Legese fin­ished first with a tim­ing of 1:15.4■, Yeg­saw came in at 1:15.49.

The women’s race was pretty even till the last lap with In­di­ans L. Suriya and Sudha Singh run­ning in the same pack with their in­ter­na­tional com­peti­tors. Suriya was lead­ing pack for a long stretch and was just be­hind the even­tual win­ner Dibaba Kuma by the 15km mark. The African run­ners showed their class in the last five kilo­me­tres, when they switched gears to se­cure podium fin­ishes. Kuma timed 1:27.34 to fin­ish first fol­lowed by her com­pa­triot Ftaw Zeray (1:27.3■) and Failuna Matanga of Tan­za­nia (1:27.45).

Av­inash Sable and L. Suriya re­tained their crowns win­ning the In­dian cat­e­gory in the men’s and women’s sec­tions.

AMITABHA DAS SHARMA

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