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Spirit of Mumbai alive

January 21, 2008

Around 33,000 runners, including celebrities, corporate executives, students and housewives, graced the fifth edition of the Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai on Sunday.

Actors John Abraham and Bipasha Basu were among the first to arrive on a chilly morning at the start and flagged off the half marathon along with Mumbai mayor Shubha Raul, Municipal Commissioner Jairaj Phatak and Police Commissioner D N Jadhav.

The event had various categories, including the 42-km full marathon, 21-km half-marathon, senior citizens` run, wheel chair event and a six-km 'dream run'.

Bollywood personalities Om Puri, Konkona Sen Sharma, Shabana Azmi, Rahul Bose and Sohail Khan were among those who took part in the 'Dream Run' in support of various causes. The cynosure of the 21-km long half marathon, as has been in the past years, was not an athlete but industrialist Anil Ambani, who was mobbed by his personal security guards and family members as soon as he crossed the finish line. Model and actor Milind Soman, another known face, ran the half marathon.

Defending champion John Kelai of Kenya, as expected, won the full marathon finishing the gruelling 42-km course in two hours, 12 minutes and 21 seconds, an improvement on last year's effort of 2:12.27 seconds.

Ramsingh Yadav emerged the fastest Indian runner. The 27-year-old, finished in 2:18.23 seconds, the best ever time recorded by a home runner. Binning Lynkhoi (2:24.49) and Narendra Singh (2:25.30) finished second and third respectively among India's male competitors.

Video: ANI

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