Former megastar and Union Minister for Tourism K. Chiranjeevi and Tennis star Sania Mirza on Sunday sparkled and stole the limelight at the 10K run organized on the Necklace Road here. Assembly Speaker Nadendla Manohar, Hyderabad City Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma, Tennis coach Pullela Gopichand were among a large number of politicians, cine and business elite at the present at the program.
Speaking on the occasion, Chiranjeevi said that running helps man improve health and keeps diseases away. He said that more and more such 10K runs should be organized periodically for the benefit of the citizens. He also appealed to the health-conscious people to run for their health.
Stating that there was a need to organize such runs frequently to improve health and keep the body and mind fit, Nadendla Manohar said that Hyderabad should be familiarized to the world through 10K runs. Sania Mirza exhorted the citizens to participate in the 10K runs and prove their health fitness. Such programs would definitely bring about awareness among the people about physical fitness.
Earlier, the Assembly Speaker and City Police chief flagged off the 10K run. Chiranjeevi presented awards to the winners of the run. In view of the 10K run on the Necklace Road, the city police imposed restrictions and diversions on the movement of vehicular traffic in the city.
Ethiopian Mosinet Geremew and Yebrgual Melese won the men’s and women’s overall titles, respectively, in the 2012 edition of Hyderabad 10K Run. Olympion Sudha Singh ran for 35 minutes 18 seconds and won the Indian women’s title and finished third overall, while Rattiram Saini emerged fastest among the Indian men, clocking 30.16, a time that helped him finish 8th overall.
Sudha scored her second consecutive win over arch- rival Kavita Raut, that too by a considerable margin this time, Kavita coming home in 36.01 and Monika Athrey taking third place in 37.21. The Indian men’s race was closer, with Rattiram followed by G Laxmanan in 30.30 and Nitendra Singh Rawat in 30.54. Geremew, the fastest male athlete in the elite field lived up to the stature, as the 20-year-old clocked his personal best time of 27 minutes and 36 seconds beating Kenyan Nicholas Kipkemboi, who fell short in the final sprint to finish a second behind in 27.37. The Third place went to Ugandan Jackson Kiprop, who stopped the clock at 28.16.
Yebrgual Melese, who had a 4th place finish in the Delhi Half Marathon in September last was pushed all the way by Kenyan Beatrice Mutai, but pulled ahead in the last kilometer to win in 33.21. Beatrice followed home in 33.36, with Sudha securing third place in 35.18. Geremew and Yebrgual bagged Rs 1.5 lakh by winning the men’s and women’s categories, respectively.
More than 8,500 participants took the starter’s flag at the People’s Plaza, with 2,500 running in the 10km run and 6,000 taking part in the Mazza Run. (NSS)