India’s Nitendra Singh Rawat finishes 31st at Boston Marathon

Nitendra Singh Rawat, a Rio Olympian, is now the fastest Indian ever to finish the Boston Marathon.

By Aarish Ansari
Picture by 2021 Getty Images

India’s long-distance runner Nitendra Singh Rawat finished the Boston Marathon 2021 in 31st position on Monday.

Nitendra Singh Rawat finished the 42.1km course with a time of 2:22:01s to become the fastest Indian ever at the prestigious race. He shattered Anubhav Karmakar’s time of 2:46:34, set in the 2019 edition of the prestigious marathon.

This was Rio 2016 Olympian Nitendra Singh Rawat’s first race since the New Delhi National Marathon in March, where he finished second clocking 2:18:55s.

The 35-year-old Nitendra Singh’s personal best is 2:15:18. It was set when he won the gold medal at the 2016 South Asian Games in Guwahati.

In Boston, the 35-year-old Indian was competing in an elite field of 45 men while the women’s race had 46 participants. Kenyans dominated both.

Benson Kipruto won the men's race at the 125th edition of the world’s oldest annual marathon, clocking 2:09:51s. The Kenyan kept pace with the leading pack till the 35km mark but raced ahead at 40km to take a 37-second lead. Nitendra was more than 11 minutes behind Kirupto.

Ethiopia’s Lemi Berhanu, who came first at the 2016 Boston Marathon, finished second this time, with 2:10:37s while compatriot Jemal Yimer took the third spot at 2:10:38s.

In the women’s race, Kenya completed a clean sweep, with the top four runners coming from the African nation.

Diana Kipyokei surprised two-time world champion and favourite Edna Kiplagat with her first major victory.

Diana clocked 2:24:45s while Edna Kiplagat, a former Boston and New York winner, finished in 2:25:09s. Mary Ngugi was third.