Ethiopia’s Lemi and Haymanot Set New Records at Mumbai Marathon

Ethiopia’s Lemi and Haymanot Set New Records at Mumbai Marathon

Ethiopian athletes Hayle Lemi and Anchalem Haymanot won the Mumbai Marathon on Sunday. The duo also set new course records to take home $45,000 winners’ prize and a bonus of $15,000 each.

Tata Mumbai Marathon returned after a break of two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with 55, 212 participants across seven categories of races.

Hayle Lemi, the 2016 Boston Marathon winner, won at 02:07:32, beating the record of defending champion and compatriot Derara Hurisa of 2:08:09 set in 2020. In her first full marathon, Anchalem Haymanot broke the women’s mark of 2:24:33 set in 2013 by clocking 02:24:15 for victory. Both the champions ran through the streets of Mumbai for the first time. Ethiopian’s Rahma Tusa was second at 02:24:22 and Letebrhan Haylay was third at 02:24:52, making all three women in the Ethiopian sweep recording under 02:25 hours.

Olympian Gopi T, the first Indian male to win the Asian Marathon Championship in 2017, made a winning return to competitive action. He clocked 2:16:41 to finish on top of the domestic Elites and 10th overall. Gopi was followed by Man Singh, who was 17 seconds behind, and Kalidas Hirave. India’s Chavi Yadav also registered a spectacular victory on her marathon debut in the Indian race. She won the Indian Elite Women Category by completing the 42-kilometre run in the record time of 2:50:39 seconds.