Fast Times In Store For The Mumbai Marathon

John Kelai gives a thumbs up to the press in Mumbai. Photo: IAAF

The marathon in India’s largest city has attracted some of the world’s best runners.

The eighth edition of the Mumbai Marathon is taking place this weekend. The race, held in India’s most populous city, continues to gain traction with more elite athletes entered than ever before and an increased purse of $325,000.

The men’s field is led by John Kelai who won the race in 2007 and 2008. Last year, he had to settle for third when fellow Kenyan Kenneth Mungara set the course record (2:11:51). Kelai won this year’s Commonwealth Games marathon with a 2:14, however he noted his relatively slow time in that race was due primarily to the unusual conduct of the event by race organizers. “It was not entirely my fault.  There were no spectators around and the entire course in Delhi was sealed off due to security concerns which left us (runners) to return poor timings,” he said.

As for his training for Mumbai, Kelai was upbeat. “My preparation for Mumbai is good,” he said.  “The field (this year) is strong and we are all expecting fast times.”

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