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Ramesh Chandra, Prajakta Godbole win Hyderabad Half Marathon titles

Over 8,000 runners participated in the event. Sachin Tendulkar and Pullela Gopichand felicitate the winners.

Hyderabad Half-Marathon 2023

Sachin Tendulkar with enthusiastic runners during the Hyderabad Half-Marathon 2023 


Press Release

Updated: 5 Nov 2023 9:53 AM GMT

Telangana’s B Ramesh Chandra and Maharashtra’s Prajakta Godbole cantered to victory in the prestigious Ageas Federal Life Insurance Hyderabad Half Marathon 2023 on Sunday.

On a pleasant morning, with a cool breeze for comfort, Ramesh Chandra cracked the 21.1 kms in one hour 13 minutes and 10 seconds to be crowned Half Marathon champion.

Satish Kumar (1.15:50) and Piyush Masane (1.16:56) tailed him to the finish line to take the other two positions on the podium in this category.

Sachin Tendulkar and Pullela Gopichand with the winners of the Half Marathon (Male)

Among women, 28-year-old Prajakta Godbole underlined her reputation as one of India’s top distance runners by covering the half marathon distance in an impressive one hour 23 minutes and 45 seconds.

Preenu Yadav (1.24.46) and Tejaswini Umbkane (1.25:11) grabbed the second and third places behind her.

Cricketing icon and Brand Ambassador of Ageas Federal Life Insurance, Sachin Tendulkar flagged off over 8,000 runners at the crack of dawn, making the Hyderabad Half Marathon 2023, organised by NEB Sports, one of the biggest running events down south.

Later, Tendulkar, along with Pullela Gopichand, Chief National Coach of the Indian Badminton team, felicitated the winners of the Half Marathon.

Sachin Tendulkar and Pullela Gopichand with the winners of the Half Marathon (Female)

“I congratulate the winners of this edition of the Hyderabad Half Marathon. I am pleased to see such an impressive turnout and congratulate not just the winners, but everyone who participated across all the categories with the determination to Run Ageless, Run Fearless,” Tendulkar said.

“It is our pleasure to be part of the HHM as title sponsor. Our goal is to make it even bigger in future editions so that a fearless culture of running seeps in among the youth,” Vighnesh Shahane, MD & CEO, Ageas Federal Life Insurance, said. “We thank all the participants and encourage the enthusiasts to keep running through the year,” he added.

The Timed 10K was a straight fight between Chetan Kumar (0.34:21) and Bharat Singh (0.35:13) for the most part, before Chetan surged into the lead to take the crown. Nikhil Erigila (0.35:24) came in a commendable third.

Among women, Sheelu Yadav (0.41:34) was the clear winner, taking the title with a big margin of 7 minutes. Muskan (0.48:29) and Yankey Dukpa (0.50:04) finished second and third.


Half Marathon

Men: 1. B Ramesh Chandra (1:13.10); 2. Satish Kumar (1:15:50); 3. Piyush Masane (1:16:56)

Women: 1. Prajakta Godbole (1:23:45); 2. Preenu Yadav (1:24:46); 3. Tejaswini Umbkane (1:25:11)


Men: 1. Chetan Kumar (0.34:21); 2. Bharat Singh (0.35:13); 3. Nikhil Erigila (0.35:24)

Women: 1. Sheelu Yadav (0.41:34); 2. Muskan (0.48:29); 3. Yankey Dukpa (0.50:04)

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