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Cash bonus added incentive for Indian runners at 2019 ADHM

Sayan Mukherjee

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Indian athletes Shankar Man Thapa (from left to right), Pradeep Chaudhary, Srinu Bugatha, Parul Chaudhary, L Suriya, Meenu, Anil Kumar Yadav and Man Singh practice at the JLN Stadium on Saturday.

New Delhi: Money would be an added motivation for Indian athletes at the 2019 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon.

Indian runners would be awarded a bonus of Rs 1 lakh if they succeed in setting a new course record this year. A total of 22 men and 23 women would participate in the race on Sunday.

Among them, course record holder L Suriya, Parul Chaudhary and Priti Lamba are top names in the women’s section. Suresh Kumar Patel, Srinu Bugatha, Pradeep Chaudhary would be th ones to look out for in the men’s category in the IAAF Gold Label race.

Suriya set the course record with a time of 1:10:31 in 2017. She said she is looking foward to better that mark.

“In 2017 I enjoyed the run as the weather was also good, which helped me put up a good performance that year. I am looking forward to another great experience,” Suriya said.

Parul Chaudhary said the athletes are happy with the cash incentive on offer. “I will definitely give it my all to achieve a bonus prize this year,” she said.

Pradeep and Srinu hoped the improved weather conditions since Friday would suit the runners on Sunday.

“The conditions are windy and suitable for runners,” Pradeep said.

“I am targetting clocking my best time and will try to break the course record,” said Bugatha.

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Sayan Mukherjee is the Content Head at Sports Lounge. He has over 10 years of experience in sports journalism (print and digital) having worked for some of the leading media organisations in the country including The Statesman, The Asian Age, IANS and Sports Illustrated.

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