Raut to run in Delhi Half Marathon

Arjuna awardee and two-time winner Kavita Raut will participate in the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon here on Sunday.

Raut won the Indian segment of the event in 2007 and 2008 and will make an appearance in the event after three years.

The event will also see the participation of men’s and women’s defending champions Suresh Kumar and Lalita Babbar in the Indian segment.

There will be an added attraction for the Indian athletes this time around, with promoters Procam International announcing a bonus of Rs one lakh for a new course record.

The men’s course record of 60:6 was set by Deepchand Saharan in 2009, while the women’s course record of 67:12 is held by Kavita in 2009.

The men’s field will also have 2010 winner Irappa D Akki, besides Soj Mathew, M D Yunus, V L Dangi, Kheta Ram, Ajay Patel, Indrajeet Patel, Ratti Ram Saini, Sandeep Singh Patel, Pritam Bind, Angad Kumar and full marathon specialist Lyngkhoi Bining, in the field of 73 Indian men.

Among women, besides Lalita and Kavita, other fancied names are Sudha Singh, last year’s runner-up Kiran Tiwari and Monica Athare, winner of the recent World 10K Bangalore.

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