Mosinet Geremew (28:16) and Mamitu Daska (31:57) Win $21,000 at Bangalore’s TCS World 10K

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By Murali Krishnan
(c) 2015 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved

BANGALORE (17-May) — It was an unusual Sunday, for both participants and the organizers, in the 8th edition of annual TCS World 10K here today.  People were clueless last night whether the race will go on smoothly as the unprecedented heavy showers filled the race-route with floods on Saturday.  However Procam International, the promoters of the race, worked hard with the civic authorities to pump out the water and provide a miraculously serene atmosphere when the competitors moved towards the starting line on Sunday morning.

Former 10-K world record-holder and Beijing Olympic bronze medalist Micah Kogo (Kenya) was among the nine men lead bunch.  After the pacemakers left the group in 4 km, four runners started to move forward. Edwin Kibet Kiptoo, another Kenyan runner with a good road experience was among them alongside Ethiopians Mosinet Geremew and Fikadu Seboka. They went past the half-way mark in 14:05.

Kogo, whose 2009 record of 27:01 still ranked him second in the all-time lists, managed to lead the group until 8 km when Kiptoo took over in between briefly.  While the runners were still in Cubbon Park, the two Ethios increased their pace and moving ahead from the Kenyans.  Mosinet, winner of Hyderabad 10-K three years ago with a brilliant Indian all-comers’ record 27:36 for that distance, was trying to clock another sub-28 minutes on the sub-continent.  However it was too late for him to try that today as the Ethiopians could not utilize the pace set by Kenyan Edwin on earlier stages.

Mosinet went on to win the race in 28:16 with compatriot Fikadu just two seconds behind for the second place.  Edwin (28:20) and Kogo (28:29) finished on next two spots.

Although his time of 28:16 was the slowest in the men’s race in the race’s history, Mosinet become the second Ethiopian to win here after Deriba Merga in 2009.

“The course was very hard,” he revealed after the race.  “I made the push only 400m to finish, otherwise I could have clocked a better timing” the winner added further.”

Women’s Race

While the men started their race fast but finished with slow timing, it was the other way round in the women’s race.   Three of the past winners in Bangalore were among those took the starting line-up, viz., Aselefech Mergia (2009), Wude Ayalew (2010) and Helah Kiprop (2012).

Kenya’s former world youth champion Jackline Chepngeno led a big bunch of a dozen women at the initial stages.  When the leaders crossed the mid-way at 16:10 Ethiopian Mamitu Daska realized that if she could increase her pace the day would be hers.  Dubai marathon champion Mergia, who knew the terrain well, faded away at this stage along with compatriot Belaynesh Oljira, the winner of World’s Best 10-K at San Juan earlier this year.   This encouraged Daska further.

Kiprop showed some sign to wrest the lead at this stage but slowed down after the seventh kilometer.  But her Kenyan teammate Gladys Chesire, the inaugural Youth Olympic Games winner over 3000m, wish to make her maiden appearance in India a memorable one and hence started pushing the Ethiopian.

Ayalew, being a past champion, also trying to snatch the lead and a race was ‘on’ between her, Daska and Chesire in the last kilometer.  Daska entered the stadium first with Chesire second.  Wude, in few metres behind made a gallant effort to take over the Kenyan inside the stadia.  Daska clocked 31:57 to win the race, thus missing the course record of 31:48 set by Lucy Kabuu of Kenya last year by just 9 secs.  Kabuu’s mark is also an all-comers’ record for this distance in India.

Ayalew overwhelmed Gladys at the last phase to finish second in 32:10 with the Kenyan completes the podium two seconds later.

Banaras boy Suresh Kumar, on his third appearance here, eclipsed the course record for Indian Men by clocking 29 minutes 49 seconds.  The former Asian junior champion over 10,000m received a course record bonus of INR 200,000 over and above his winning purse INR 250,000.

Tamil Nadu’s Suriya Loganathan, double gold-medalist in the recent edition of Federation Cup at Mangaluru, had won the title in Indian women’s category with a modest time of 35:58.

Both the winners in elite category, Mosinet Geremew and Mamitu Daska, went home with USD 21,000 winner’s cheque.

“I am planning to start a small business with this prize money,” Daska told the reporters during the press meet.

MEN (gun times) –
1. Mosinet Geremew, ETH        28:16  USD 21,000
2. Fikadu Seboka, ETH          28:18      15,000
3. Edwin Kiptoo, KEN           28:20       9,000
4. Micah Kogo, KEN             28:29       5,000
5. Birhanu Legese, ETH         28:42       4,000
6. Kinde Atanaw, ETH           28:49       3,000
7. Dickson Chumba, KEN         28:53       2,500
8. Feyisa Lelisa, ETH          28:56       2,000
9. Bonsa Dida, ETH             29:06       1,500
10. Azmeraw Mengist, ETH        29:17       1,000
11. Japhet Korir, KEN           29:44
12. Solomon Mutai, UGA          29:48
13. Suresh Kumar, IND           29:49  INR 450,000^ (=USD 7085)
14. Kebede Tulu, ETH            30:06
15. David Bett, KEN             30:16
16. Kheta Ram, IND              30:40  INR 175,000
17. T Gopi, IND                 30:42  INR 125,000
18. Md Yunus, IND               30:44  INR 100,000
19. Govinda Singh, IND          30:49  INR  75,000
20. Indrajeet Patel, IND        30:58  INR  60,000
^Includes 200,000 Indiancourse record jackpot

WOMEN (gun times) –
1. Mamitu Daska, ETH           31:57  USD 21,000
2. Wude Ayalew, ETH            32:10      15,000
3. Gladys Chesire, KEN         32:12       9,000
4. Helah Kiprop, KEN           32:19       5,000
5. Emily Chebet, KEN           32:25       4,000
6. Jackline Chepngeno, KEN     32:33       3,000
7. Belaynesh Oljira, ETH       33:03       2,500
8. Aselefech Mergia, ETH       33:06       2,000
9. Adero Nyakisi, UGA          33:47       1,500
10. Worknesh Alemu, ETH         33:54       1,000
11. Almaz Gelana, ETH           34:45
12. Tejitu Daba, BRN            35:48
13. L Surya, IND                35:58  INR 250,000 (=USD 3936)
14. Swati Gadhave, IND          36:15  INR 175,000
15. Monika Athare, IND          36:54  INR 125,000
16. Preeti Lamba, IND           37:21  INR 100,000
17. Phoolan Pal, IND            37:55  INR  75,000
18. Amita, IND                  38:01  INR  60,000
19. Monika Raut, IND            38:12  INR  55,000
20. Rohini Raut, IND            38:28  INR  50,000