Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu is the champion, as Kenya's Joshua Kipkorir comes second after an intense, neck-to-neck battle.
Kipkorir broke the deadlock early on and opened up the field, but the last-gasp burst from Simbu in the closing minutes, coupled with a lapse from the Kenyan, meant that the Tanzanian won the 14th edition of the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon.
Tanzania's Alphonce Simbu set for victory in a dramatic finale
Alphonce Simbu takes the lead as Joshua Kipkorir falls back.
This is going to the wire!
Kipkorir and Simbu engaged in an intense battle as the finish line nears.
The Mumbai Marathon is in for a thrilling finale!
A big turnaround in the elite pack as 22-year-old Joshua Kipkorir takes the unexpected lead.
“He broke the field apart,” say commentators as the Kenyan moves ahead with what can be a possible personal best.
Mumbai: Ethiopias Ayele Abshero along with Dinknesh Mekash, a two-time winner in Mumbai, will lead the elite field at the 14th edition of the Mumbai Marathon on 15 January.
Abshero is the fastest man on the start-line (2:04:23).
Joining the best in the world will be top Indian athletes -- Olympian Kheta Ram, M.D. Yunus and Elam Singh as well as Jyoti Gawate, Monica Raut and Monica Athare -- who will take centrestage and vie for the top honours.
This time, the event will have an all-time high with 6,342 runners registering for the full marathon.
The half marathon and dream run saw 14,663 and 19,980 entries, respectively.
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