Rashpal confident of retaining marathon crown

first_imgMumbai, Dec 9 (PTI) Rashpal Singh, of the Army Sports Institute, is confident of defending the mens title in the 7th Indiabulls Home Loans Vasai-Virar Mayors Marathon to be held here tomorrow.Rashpal had the full Marathon by leading from start to finish last year and has warmed up nicely by recording his personal best of 2:20.23 at the National Marathon in Delhi.The 32-year-old Rashpal will face a threat from last years runner-up Pankaj Dhaka of JSW and Karan Singh of BEG, Kirkee, Pune.Dhaka, who is with the Territorial Army, has been training on his own and is determined to better upon his last years finish.Karan, a two-time winner of the Mumbai Marathon (2014 and 2015), is making a return to long distance running after a lay-off of almost two years due to injury, and believes he has fully recovered and in good condition to challenge for the title.The other fancied names in the full marathon are Jabalpur Armyman Sanaton Singh, who has a personal best of 2:20.11, ASI?s Bhram Prakash, who clocked 2:24.06 while winning the NSG Marathon in Delhi, Anu Sathyadas, winner of the Rourkee Marathon and G B Patle.”I have been preparing well and am currently in peak form having won an even in Allahabad just 21 days back and that gives me more confidence. This time the competition will be much stiffer with Karan also running, but that would only help me to run faster which would certainly improve my timing,” said Rashpal.The 27-year-old Karan was pleased to return to competition after recovering from injury.advertisement”After being out of running for a long time it feels good to get back. I have been working hard during training and I am determined to get back to winning ways. This is my first big race after injury and it would be nice if I can come out a winner,” stated Karan, who clocked a time of 2:21 min in winning the 2015 Mumbai Marathon.The mens half marathon will be spearheaded by Kalidas Hirave, who has a seasons best timing of 1:03.27, clocked while winning the BSF Half Marathon in Delhi.Also in the fray will be Pradeep Singh, who clocked 1:04.34 at ADHM 2017, Man Singh who clocked 1:04.39 at the IDBI HM and National camper Govind Singh, who clocked 1:05.49 at ADHM 2017, besides Chandrakant Manwadhkar and Savhin Patil of the Railways.The womens half marathon will also have a strong field and should see stiff competition between Swati Gadhave and Monika Atahare, who clocked 1:15.21 and 11:15.36 at ADHM 2017.The other strong contenders are Monika Raut, Meenakshi Patil and Manisha Salunkhe.The winner of the Full Marathon for men will stand to gain Rs 2.50 lakh, while the male and female winners of the Half Marathon will take home Rs 1.25 lakh each.There is an increase in the prize money for amateur runners as well in the different age groups. PTI SSR RSY SDMlast_img read more

Mascherano becomes Argentina’s most-capped player

first_imgWorld Cup Mascherano’s 144th appearance sees him overtake Zanetti as Argentina’s most-capped player Chris Burton 20:20 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Javier Mascherano Argentina Getty World Cup Argentina Argentina v Iceland Iceland Having made his debut back in 2003, the versatile 34-year-old has set a new record for the Albiceleste in a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland Javier Mascherano has passed Javier Zanetti to become Argentina’s most-capped player, with a 144th appearance taken in during a World Cup 2018 clash with Iceland.The 34-year-old made his senior debut back in July 2003 as the Albiceleste faced Uruguay in a friendly encounter.That proved to be his only outing of that calendar year, but he has been a regular part of the fold since 2004. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move A long list of coaches have called upon a man who has been a model of consistency throughout his career, with his versatility making him a useful option to those at the Argentina helm.Mascherano was on the books at River Plate when making his bow, with further caps picked up during spells at Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona and Hebei China Fortune.He won a gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, before suffering penalty shoot-out heartache in the final of that year’s Copa America.A first World Cup was taken in at Germany 2006, before further Copa America and Olympic Games appearances followed.Diego Maradona then made Mascherano captain in November 2008, with the armband inherited from Zanetti in the build up to the 2010 World Cup.Having skippered Argentina at that event at the 2011 Copa America on home soil, Lionel Messi took over leadership duties with Mascherano as his deputy.A 100th cap was earned at the 2014 World Cup, with further final agony suffered on Brazilian soil.Lionel Messi Javier Mascherano ArgentinaHe matched Zanetti’s haul of 143 caps in a friendly clash with Haiti in May, but has now moved to the top of that list outright.Of those still playing, Messi is the only man likely to get close to matching or overhauling Mascherano’s remarkable tally.The Barcelona icon has 125 caps to his name and, at 30 years of age, still has plenty of years left at the top.Mascherano has already aired his ambition to help a talismanic figure get his hands on the grandest of prizes this summer, with Argentina determined to deliver World Cup glory for their mercurial No. 10.“One wishes for this coming World Cup that Leo can be the best version of himself, because the aspirations of the whole squad depend on this version,” Mascherano told Asharq Al-Awsat ahead of an opening Group D clash with Iceland.“It’s clear Leo conditions our collective performance; I hope as his team‑mates we can meet his standards.”last_img read more