The TCSW10k saw some new records this year and Deepthi Velkur gets the insights from Procam.
Bengaluru hosted the 11th edition of the TCS World 10K which is completing a decade this year and is quite a sought-after race in the running world. Approximately 27,000 runners took to the roads to participate in five different race formats. The event offers an unmatched race experience for elite and amateur runners alike. The race was also special because of the all-woman pacer team that was leading the runners.
The Elite Athlete 10K saw 105 athletes from India and all over the world competing for the gold. It included 63 male runners and 42 female runners.
The Elite International Men’s category saw Geoffrey Kamworor (Kenya), securing his third win with a timing of 28:18 mins. Followed by Ethiopian’s Birhanu Legese (28:38 mins) and Mosinet Grimew (28:39 mins). The Elite Indian Men’s saw Suresh Kumar and Man Singh (both at 30:12mins) lead the pack followed by Shankar Man Thapa at 30:41 mins.
The real stars of the show were the female athletes, with all the three international elite podium finishers breaking the previous course record that was set by Lucy Kabuu in 2014. Kenya’s Agnes Tirop and Ethiopia’s Senbere Teferi broke the course record with a time of 31:19 mins and 31:22 mins, and a close third was Kenya’s Caroline Kipkirui bagging the bronze at 31:28 mins.
The Indian sensation was Sanjivani Jadhav, who broke the course record after a period of 9 years, with a time of 33:38 mins.
Swati Gadhave and Kiranjeet Kaur took silver and bronze, completing the race with times of 35:08 and 35:25 respectively. The last course record amongst the Indian elite women was set by Kavita Raut in the year 2009 clocking a time of 34:32. All three women showed immense passion and a quest for victory that propelled them forward.
Overall, the runners actively talked about how much they love the TCSW10K as an event. Monika Athare, a former winner of the run and a veteran athlete mentioned that the facilities and the treatment the athletes received at the TCSW10K is unparalleled and that she loves coming to Bangalore to run. Geoffrey Kamworor, who bagged his third win at this year’s race stated that he needs to fall in love with the marathon and the course to do well, which is why Bangalore is one of his favourite cities to run in. Additionally, Sanjivani Jadhav talked about how she specially spoke to her coach and asked if she could come run this year, because she loves the city and the course.
Commenting about the record breaking timings, Procam representatives said, “Having all three women smash the event course record shows the dept of the elite field and the fact that Bengaluru is a flat and fast course for athletes to clock their personal best. What Sanjivani Jadhav has done today by creating a new course record and a national record is truly remarkable. Her zeal and determination is something that’s wonderful to watch and it motivates other runners to do better and come back stronger. We hope to see her and all the other athletes come back next year, where hopefully more records get shattered, because that is what they are there for.”