Half Mumbai marathon champ Parul Chaudhary eyes Asian Games medal

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India’s 3000m steeplechase specialist Parul Chaudhary, 27, convincingly won the Tata Mumbai half marathon on Sunday, clocking 01:15:07, to emerge the fastest among elite Indian women. Uttar Pradesh’s Nandini Gupta [01:24:12] came second, while Maharashtra’s Buldhana-based Poonam Sonune [01:24:59] clinched the bronze medal.

“I`m delighted with my performance as I broke my earlier best timing [01:15:18] which I had registered here in 2020,” Chaudhary, a Western Railway athlete, told mid-day.

Chaudhary, who is currently training at the national camp in Bangalore, is hoping her good form can help her finish on the podium at this year’s Asian Games in Hangzhou, China.

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“I want to win a medal in the 3000m steeplechase at the Asian Games. I will also try to be in the top three in the 5000m event,” added Chaudhary, who found the Mumbai course challenging.

“It was a good experience running in Mumbai, but I feel the best running experience is in Delhi. The roads in Delhi are nice and flat, while in Mumbai there are some hilly sections which make it tough,” she concluded.

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