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Jaisha breaks national marathon mark, qualifies for Beijing World Championships

Jaisha breaks national marathon mark, qualifies for Beijing World Championships
Indian runner O P Jaisha, an Asian Games medallist in 1,500m and 5,000m events, made a memorable marathon debut on Sunday by breaking the 19-year-old national mark of Vally Satyabhama to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing later this year. Jaisha clocked 2 hours, 37 minutes and 29 seconds in the 12th Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon to better the nearly two-decade-old national mark of 2:39:10 set by Satyabhama from December 21, 1995, in Chennai.

In the process, Jaisha, the best Indian woman finisher in the event, also comfortably dipped under the 2:44 qualifying mark set by Athletics Federation of India for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing in August. Apart from Jaisha, who finished 8th overall in the race which was won comfortably by defending women’s champion Dinknesh Mekash who led a 1-7 Ethiopian finish, Lalita Babar (2:38:21, 9th) and Sudha Singh (2:42:12, 11th) also dipped under the qualifying mark for the Beijing World Championships. Asked which race would she concentrate on now that she has qualified for both 5,000m and marathon in Beijing, Jaisha said “I don’t know. The coach (Snesarev) will decide on it.” Snesarev then said Jaisha will run in the 5,000m and 10,000m at Beijing while Lalita would take part in the 5,000m and her pet event 3,000m steeplechase. On the other hand, none of the Indian male runners could attain the AFI-set qualifying standard of 2:18.
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