India's Gopi Thonakal qualifies for 2019 Athletics World Championships after finishing 11th in Seoul International Marathon

Gopi Thonakal has qualified for the Athletics World Championships to be held in Doha after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon.

Press Trust of India March 18, 2019 15:23:50 IST
India's Gopi Thonakal qualifies for 2019 Athletics World Championships after finishing 11th in Seoul International Marathon
  • Gopi Thonakal has qualified for the Athletics World Championships to be held in Doha after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon.

  • Gopi clocked his personal best time of 2 hours 13 minutes 39 seconds in the marathon, bettering the World Championships qualification mark of 2:16:00.

  • Gopi's time is the second best ever by an Indian after the four-decade-old national record of 2:12:00, which is held by Shivnath Singh.

New Delhi: India's Asian marathon champion Gopi Thonakal has qualified for the Athletics World Championships to be held in Doha in September-October after finishing 11th in the Seoul International Marathon.

Indias Gopi Thonakal qualifies for 2019 Athletics World Championships after finishing 11th in Seoul International Marathon

File image of Gopi Thonakal. Image courtesy: Twitter/@afiindia

The 30-year-old Gopi clocked his personal best time of 2 hours 13 minutes 39 seconds in the marathon on Sunday, bettering the World Championships qualification mark of 2:16:00. His earlier best was 2:15:16 last year.

Gopi's time is the second best ever by an Indian after the four-decade-old national record of 2:12:00, which is held by Shivnath Singh.

Seoul International Marathon is a world-class IAAF Gold label event.

Gopi won the Asian marathon title in Dongguan, China in 2017. He finished 25th in the 2016 Olympics. The following year, he took part in the World Championships in London and finished 28th.

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