In the Indian elite, Murali Gavit, making his second appearance in the World 10K Bengaluru 2023, stormed to a sensational finish to clinch the Indian men’s title, while debutant Tamshi Singh won the women’s category on Sunday.
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Tamshi Singh, daughter of Varanasi, completed the distance of 10 kilometers in 34 minutes and 12 seconds to win the number one title and gold medal as well. Tamshi, who performs well in athletics, is given the title of Kashi’s Udan Pari. While Poonam Sonune came in second with a time of 34:29. Seema finished third with a clock reading of 34:30. Tamshi has proved her excellence in representing the Indian team. She is basically a resident of the Sikhad village of Mirzapur but lives in Varanasi in a rented house. Athletes from 10 countries participated in the World 10K Bengaluru 2023.
At the same time, Murli Gavit won the race clocking 29:58.03 while Harmanjot Singh took the second spot with a timing of 29:59.10. Uttam Chand finished third with a time of 29:59.24. The rankings, however, changed significantly in the final couple of kilometers as the likes of Harmanjot Singh and Murli Gavit went through the gears and took the contest down to the wire. Murli Gavit powered through the home stretch and finished ahead of Harmanjot Singh and Uttam Chand.
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Meanwhile, Sebastian Sawe, who clocked the world’s fifth-fastest 10K time in Germany last month, ran a superbly-paced race to win in a closely contested race, and the way Gemechu Dida finally kicked in the coveted USD 210,000 World Athletics gold label It was just as impressive. The winners received identical prize checks of US$26,000 in what is possibly one of the biggest road races in Asia. Sawe won in a time of 27:58.24 and Gemechu won in a time of 31:38.
It was an Ethiopian 1-2-3 in the women’s race, with Fotyen Tesfaye finishing four seconds behind Gemechu. While veteran Dera Dida finished only seven seconds behind the winner. The trio came down to the last kilometer after running almost evenly through the 2.5km, 5km, and 7.5km splits. And it was a strong finish by Gemechu that saw this year’s Tokyo Marathon runner-up take the crown.