Monday, June 6, 2011

Philemon cruises to World 10K win

A 24-year-old policeman, who started his running career just two years ago, won the TCS World 10K on Sunday, declaring later that his belated start had indeed motivated him to work harder to catch up with more experienced rivals. Philemon Limo of Kenya had the race stitched up just after the halfway stage, but the women’s event was much tighter, with Ethiopian Dire Tune nosing ahead of compatriot Merima Mohammed at the tape.

India’s best runners were left trailing in the wake of the Kenyans and Ethiopians. Asian Games and CWG medallist Kavita Raut finished 16th, over a minute behind the winner, while Sudha Singh was 20th. National Games gold medalist Suresh Kumar was the best Indian in the elite field, finishing 20th, ahead of armymen VL Dangi and Kheta Ram.