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Gopi Thonakal Became 1st Indian Man to Win Asian Marathon Championship

Published on November 27, 2017
Gopi Thonakal became the first Indian man to win 16th edition of Asian Marathon Championship


  • He took 2 hours, 15 minutes and 48 seconds to clinch the gold. 
  • Gopi had won the New Delhi Marathon in 2.15.37 earlier this year. 
  • Andrey Petrov of Uzbekistan bagged the silver while Byambalev Tseveenravdan of Mongolia won bronze
  • Thonakal is the first Indian male runner to have won the Asian Marathon Championship.
  •  Vijay Singh (1988) and Deep Chand (2010) have earlier won a bronze each.
  • He is the third Indian overall to have won a gold in the event. 
  • Asha Agarwal won the women’s title in 1985. Sunita Godara won the women’s title in 1992
  • Vally Sathyabhama and Indiresh Dhiraj are the other two Indian women medallist as they have won a silver and bronze respectively in the 1998 edition.
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