Kolkata: The first International edition of Tata Steel run was held in Kolkata over the last weekend with 13400 participants running over a distance of 25 kilometres. Ethiopian world champion Kenenisa Bekele won the men’s event while Degitu Azimeraw was crowned women’s champion.
This was the fourth Tata Stell Kolkata 25k run but first International marathon held in the city of joy. The event was a great success with many atheletes praising the organising committee and the facilities. The governer of West Bengal, Keshari Nath Tripathi flagged off the race along with Sri Sri Ravishankar, GOC&C Eastern Command Gen Abhay Krishna, PWD and Sports minister of WB Arup Biswas and Tata Steel MD T V Narendran.
The athletes also drew inspiration from the heartthrob of Bengal, Sourav Ganguly and Mike Powell. Bekele paced his race perfectly to cut loose after the 21 kilometer mark. He clocked 1:13:48 to win the race. His country-woman Digitu clocked a timing of 1:26:00 to be crowned women’s champion.
“The race was nice. The course is nice and flat all through. I have been training hard and the results showed. This was my first 25K and it feels good to have won it. It was a tactical race and I paced myself depending on the kind of competition I faced,” marked Kenenisa.