Later this month, Kolkata will witness elite Indian athletes turn up for the city’s premier running event, the Tata Steel Kolkata 25K, scheduled for this weekend December 20, 2015. The list includes 2016 Rio Olympics qualifiers, so it’s actually something worth witnessing.
Among the runners who have signed up so far, we will see OP Jaisha, one of India’s leading track and field athlete. The Kerala girl is the full marathon national record holder, which she achieved at the 2015 Mumbai Marathon. She also achieved a personal best at the full marathon later in Beijing, at the 2015 World Championships. That’s not all. Jaisha is a former India record holder in the 3000m steeplechase.
That record now belongs to Lalita Babar from Central Railway, who will also be turning up in Kolkata, according to a report in SportsKeeda. Babar is a three-time winner of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon and recently won the Federation Cup Senior National Athletics Championships. She is the national half marathon record holder for her performance at the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon recently.
Another Indian premier athlete Sudha Singh will be competing in the TSK25. She is an Asian Games Gold Medallist, winning it in the 3000m steeplechase event in 2010. She won the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon half marathon in 2014, and stood runner-up at ADHM in 2014.
Among the men, O. Sanaton Singh, the Indian Army serviceman who won the ‘Run for Inclusion’ Half Marathon at Khuman Lumpak in Manipur in November 2015 will be joined by Elam Singh, the 31-year-old Army Sports Institute (Pune) athlete, the winner of the Vasai-Virar Mayor’s Marathon in 2012. 22 other noted athletes will participate in Kolkata at India’s first accredited 25 km distance running event.