Port Wings News Network:
The 16th Paradip Marathon 2019 was conducted by the Gopabandhu Kreeda Sansad of Paradip Port Trust on 3 January 2019 on the occasion of Port Foundation Day.
Shri Rinkesh Roy, IRTS, Chairman, Paradip Port Trust flagged off the same at the Hanuman Temple square. The Marathon covered a route of 14Kms and concluded at Gopabandhu Stadium amid great encouragement by the inhabitants of Port Township and members of other organizations. A total no. of 670 participants comprising of 600 male & 70 female competitors participated in the Marathon.
Shri Kailash Kumbhar of Odisha Police won the first prize in the men category by completing the distance in 43 minutes 42.1 seconds, Capt. Purty of Jharkhand got the second prize (43 minutes 55.8 seconds) and Shri Mukund Banra of Jharkhand got the third prize (44 minutes 8.6 seconds) in the men category.
In the women category, Ms. Samsad Ara Begum of SAI, Cuttack won the first prize (48 minutes 39.4 seconds), Ms. Milli Majhi of SAI, Cuttack got the second prize (59 minutes 22.7 seconds) and Ms. Asmita Sethy of Jagatsinghpur got the third prize (59 minutes 49.4 seconds).
Attending as Chief Guest Shri Rinkesh Roy, Chairman, PPT, Smt. Subhalaxmi Roy, President Paradip Ladies Club attending as Guest of Honour and Heads of the Deptt. of PPT gave away the cash prizes at the valedictory function held at Gopabandhu Stadium. Coach of Indian Jr. National Chess Team Ms. Aparajita Gochhayat and renowned International Athlete Ms. Purnima Hembram were also felicitated on the occasion.
The Officials and Technical members of the Paradip Port Sports Council with the Assistance of the officials of Odisha Olympic Associations the Marathon was conducted smoothly.