Jamba Cloud Hyderabad 10K Run
Jamba Cloud Hyderabad 10K final report from Bruno
Clean sweep by Ethiopians in Jamba Cloud Hyderabad 10K; Sudha, Rattiram emerge fastest Indians
It was an Ethiopian clean sweep at the Jamba Cloud Hyderabad 10K, here on Sunday, with Mosinet Geremew and Yebrgual Melese winning the men’s and women’s overall titles.
Olympian Sudha Singh ran her personal best time of 35.18 to win the Indian women’s title and finish third overall, while Rattiram Saini emerged fastest among the Indian men, clocking 30.16, a time that helped him finish 8th overall.
Sudha, scored her second consecutive win over arch rival Kavita Raut, that too by a considerable margin this time, Kavita coming home in 36.01 and Monika Athrey taking third place in 37.21.
The Indian men’s race was closer, with Rattiram followed in by G Laxmanan in 30.30 and Nitendra Singh Rawat in 30.54.
Geremew came to Hyderabad with the reputation of the fastest male athlete in the elite field and lived up to that stature, running a brave start to finish race at the Prople’s Plaza.
The 20-year-old clocked his personal best time of 27.36, pushing to second place the fancied Kenyan Nicholas Kipkemboi. Kipkemboi, who came here on the back of winning the Seven Hills Race in Netherlands fell short in the final sprint to finish a second behind in 27.37. Third place went to Ugandan Jackson Kiprop, who stopped the clock at 28.16.
Yebrgual Melese, who had a 4th place finish in the Delhi Half Marathon in September was pushed all the way by Kenyan Beatrice Mutai, but pulled ahead in the last kilometer to win in 33.21. Beatrice followed home in 33.36, with Sudha third in 35.18.
More than 8,500 participants took the starter’s flag at the People’s Plaza, with 2,500 running in the 10km run and 6000 taking part in the Mazza Run. Cheering on the participants were megastar and MP Chiranjeevi, Speaker of the AP Assembly Nadendla Manohar, Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma, tennis sensation Sania Mirza, All-England badminton champion Pullela Gopichand, besides many dignitaries from the state government.
"It was great to see the people of Hyderabad coming together in such large numbers to run. This run is not just about health and fitness, but also about supporting various causes Hyderabad believes in. This run was proof that the city is united, regardless of caste, creed, religion and gender. I was also very impressed by the professional manner in which the entire proceedings were conducted," said Chiranjeevi.
Mosinet who was running for the first time in India said, “Hyderabad was a new experience for me. It was little hot today but running in this city was a pleasure and I also recorded my personal best.” He added that though Kipkemboi was running close to him, he was always confident of winning because of his strong finish. He did exactly that, holding off the Kenyan in the last few meters of the race.
Kipkemboi was looking to go below 27.30 in Hyderabad, but fell short in the end. However, he was pleased with his performance on Sunday, which was also his first outing in India. “The climate was very much like Kenya so I loved running here and I would definitely want to come back and participate in the run next year,” said Kipkemboi.
Jackson who also managed to stay with the lead runners for a major part of the run fell behind when the two winners stepped on the pedal in the final kilometer. However, without much running experience, the 26-year-old was satisfied with his run here and the overall experience. “It was a good experience, running in Hyderabad. I loved the climate, the enthusiasm of people and the whole environment,” he said.
Women’s winner Yebrgual Melese relished the conditions here and said, “I loved running in Hyderabad because the conditions are very conducive for running, especially running around the beautiful Hussain Sagar Lake. I hope the organizers conduct this race every year so that runners like us get a chance to run in this beautiful city again and again.”
Indian women’s winner Sudha Singh attributed her good run here to her superior fitness because she is in the thick of competition. " It was a good feeling to finish overall 3rd. I have been consistently participating in competitive events, which has helped me to improve on my timing. I am grateful to Procam International who provide great support and facilities to us Indian athletes.
Following are the results:
Overall Athletes Men:
Mosinet Geremew (ETH) 00.27.36; Nicholas Kipkemboi (KEN) 00.27.37; Jackson Kiprop (UGANDA) 00.28.16; Daniel Yaegon (KEN) 00.28.41; Hillary Kemboi (KEN) 00.28.52; Sibusiso Nizima (SOUTH AFRICA) 00.29.35; Obadiah Kemboi Kisang (KEN) 00.29.39’ Rattiram Saini (IND) 00.30.16; Ngemui Isaac Kipkemoi (KEN) 00.30.22; Beharu Balcha 00.30.28; G Laxmanan (IND) 00.30.30; David Kiptoo Kiprotich (KEN) 00.30.52; Nitendra Rawat Singh (IND) 00.30.54; Nandraj Singh (IND) 00.30.58; Peter Ndegwa (KEN) 00.31.43.
Overall Athletes Women:
Yebrgual Melese (ETH) 00.33.21; Beatrice Mutai (KEN) 00.33.36; Sudha Singh (IND) 00.35.18; Kavita Raut (IND) 00.36.01; Kiplagat Eunice Jerotich (KEN) 00.36.13; Monica Athrey (IND) 00.37.21; Monica Raut (IND) 00.38.13; Rohini Raut (IND) 00.38.57; Virginia Ngeri Magua (KEN) 00.40.59 ; Reshma Dalvi (IND) 00.43.55.
Overall Indian Athletes Men:
Rattiram Saini (IND) 00.30.16 (Overall 8th Position); G Laxmanan (IND) 00.30.30 (Overall 11th Position); Nitendra Rawat Singh (IND) 00.30.54 (Overall 13th Position); Nandraj Singh (IND) 00.30.58 (Overall 14th Position); Jagdish Chandra (IND) 00.31.49 (Overall 16th Position).
Overall Indian Athletes Women:
Sudha Singh(IND) 00.35.18 (Overall 3rd Position); Kavita Raut (IND) 00.36.01 (Overall 4th Position); Monica Athrey (IND) 00.37.21 (Overall 6th Position); Monica Raut (IND) 00.38.13 (Overall 7th Position); Rohini Raut (IND) 00.38.57 (Overall 8th Position); Reshma Dalvi (IND) 00.43.55.
Overall Veteran Men:
Dinesh Kumar 00.38.35; Anthony Killilea 00.39.35; Rajiv Tridevi 00.44.39; Kamalakar Sirra 00.44.43; William Jackson 00.46.15.
Overall Senior Veteran Men:
Erik Noehr 00.46.22; Prabhakar Rao Mulagala 00.54.06; Markus Oberle 00.55.41; Col. ASP Vinod 00.56.51; Syed Baba 00.59.06.
Overall Super Veteran Men:
Panduranga Rao Korlipara 01.05.23; Janak Singh Thapa 01.23.24; Janrao Lonkar 01.24.15; Krishna Swamy Sudhakar 01.42.55.
Overall Veteran Men:
Jacqueline Jackson 00.52.16; Dinaz Vervatwala 00.56.40; Helen Frances Walker 00.57.42; Annette Pedersen 00.57.55; Madhavi Bollepalli 01.02.33.
Overall Senior Veteran Women:
Silvia Fernandes 01.10.02; Amita Galada 01.19.22; Mallika Shankar 01.30.48; Gayathri Ramamoorthy 01.38.06.
Overall Super Veteran Women:
Rachel Chatterjee 00.58.20.