Kenyans run to glory, mesmerise Pune

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19-year-old wins half marathon

Women's half marathon winner Pauline Kaveke, all of 19, started running at a rather young age. Kaveke first started running at the age of six, more out of compulsion than choice. "I was born in a village outside Machakos and school was nearly 4 kms away. I ran to school once and it gradually became a habit," said Kaveke. Escorted by Kenyan team manager, Kaveke was a hit with the crowd as many youngsters queued up to click a picture with the champion.

Havildar with Signals Regiment finishes 17th

Maharashtra's remote tribal district of Gondia had a surprise representative in the 27th edition of the Marathon. Gajilal Patle, a havildar with the Signals Regiment in Jabalpur, finished as the highest placed Indian athlete in the marathon. Patle finished 17th, a credible achievement for a race dominated since inception by East African runners. Patle who is trained by veteran marathon runner K C Ramu said a high altitude training stint helped him improve his running. "I trained in Ooty with Ramu sir and it was a great experience. A lot of athletes who represented India were at the same camp and I learnt a lot from them. Spending time there has also brought about a change in my attitude. I am more focused and today was a good example," he said.

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