Lilian Kasait and Peter Mwaniki Dominate the TCS World 10K Bengaluru 2024

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In yet another resounding victory for Kenyan runners, Peter  Mwaniki clinched the men’s title while Lilian Kasait bagged the women’s title in the 16th  edition of the Tata Consultancy Services World 10K Bengaluru on Sunday. 

The contest between the Indian elite athletes saw a stellar performance from Kiran Matre  who ran a gritty race to clinch the first position and break the event record with a timing of  29:32. Testament to the run's aggressive nature, all the top four runners finished ahead  of the event record of 29.49 which was previously held by Suresh Kumar created in 2015.  Meanwhile, Sanjivani dominated the Indian women’s lineup to set herself up for a  comfortable first-place finish. 

As winners of the prestigious USD 210,000 World Athletics Gold Label Road Race, Peter  Mwaniki and Lilian Kasait took home an equal prize cheque of USD 26,000 each. In the  Indian elite category, Kiran Matre and Sanjivani Jadhav bagged the grand cash purse of  INR 2,75,000 each. Additionally, Kiran Matre also secured a bonus of INR 1,00,000 for  breaking the event record. 

Mwaniki, who came into the race as a hot favourite, got off to a conservative start. At the  7.5km mark, he was level pegging with his Kenyan peer Hillary Chepkwony. However,  Mwaniki surged forward in the final stretch to finish comfortably with a timing of 28:15,  while Hillary Chepkwony (28:33) finished behind him. Also logging a resounding  performance was 17-year-old debutant Hagos Eyob who clocked an impressive 28:39 to  finish third. 

The international elite women’s race took shape early in the run as the world’s second fastest 10K runner, Emmaculate Achol looked to lead the pack from the get-go. Following  the 7.1 Km mark, Lilian Kasait seized the opportunity to power ahead of Achol, with Irene  Chaptai’s event record of (30:35) in danger. 

However, Lilian Kasait finished her run just short of the event record, clocking 30:56.  Meanwhile, Emmaculate Achol (31:17) and Lemlem Hailu (31:23) finished second and third  respectively. 

Speaking of her triumph, Lilian Kasait said, “It was a very aggressive race, we were fast  from the beginning. Emmaculate was really pushing us all, I just tried to keep up with her.  At the 7km mark, I felt I could push myself and decided to go for it.” 

Kasait, however, lamented narrowly missing the event record. She said, “I feel I could have  broken the course record today. At the end of the race, I felt I still had a lot of energy in  me.”

The race for the Indian elite men saw the top four positions finish ahead of the previous  course record. In an evenly-fought contest, Kiran Matre breached the finish line while  clocking his personal best of 29:32. In close pursuit were Ranjeet Kumar Patel (29:35)  and Dharmendra (29:45) who completed the podium. 

The troika of Kiran Matre, Ranjeet Kumar Patel and Dharmendra showed tremendous  improvement in their timings from the previous edition of the TCS World 10K Bengaluru  where they had finished 12th, 9th and 10th respectively. 

Following the win, Kiran Matre opined, “Between the 4th and 8th kilometre, I found the run  quite challenging, so I’m very pleased with the result. Last year I finished 12th, so this  victory is very satisfying. I hope to use this momentum to prepare for the Paris Olympics  and try to break the 28-minute mark.” 

Meanwhile, event record holder Sanjivani dominated the line up in the women’s category  to complete her third victory at the TCS World 10K Bengaluru. Much like the international  women’s contest, the Indian women’s run saw an early push in by Sonam (36:27).  Sanjivani eventually broke through in pursuit of another event record, though she fell short  with a timing of 34:03. She was closely followed by Lilli Das (34:13) who finished second  while Preenu Yadav finished third at 34:24. 

Reflecting on her victory, Sanjivani Jadhav remarked, “I am very happy with the victory,  this is my hattrick! I started the race keeping the record in mind. I looked to push early on  and even tried keeping up with the international elite athletes and did so for almost 2km.” 

She further added, “I have been training very hard and my expectation was to break the  record, so I am a little disappointed I didn’t manage to do that. I think the final stretch was  uphill and along with the heat, it made the finish a challenging one.” 

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