At the recently concluded Airtel Delhi Half Marathon, India’s Lalita Babar set a new national record clocking in at 1:10.52.
Babar’s 2015 record has been stellar. Breaking the 7-year-old half marathon record set by Kavita Rout, to become India’s fastest ever half marathoner followed two more achievements in September and August. In August, she became the first Indian woman athlete to qualify for the finals of a World Athletics Championship event, with the 3000m steeplechase. Then in September, she set a new meet record in the 3000m steeplechase heat at the 2015 National Open Athletics Championships.
Earlier she had won gold at the same event at the Asian Athletics Championship, and also qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics with that victory. She’s no stranger to marathon success having won the Mumbai Marathon three years in a row, between 2012 and 2014.
At the ADHM, Nitender Singh Rawat clinched the Gold medal in the Indian Elite Men category by finishing with a time of 1:04:41 while Gopi T and Mohammad Yunus clocked 1:04:45 and 1:04:46 to clinch the silver and bronze medals respectively.
“I think to win an Olympic medal one has to clock 9:10, something which is not beyond me. I just hope I stay injury-free and keep training hard and get adequate international competition exposure in the run up to the Olympics and if all goes to plan, I can do wonders for the country” Babar, was quoted as saying by SportsKeeda.