Mumbai: India's veteran marathoner, hawaldar Ram Singh Yadav was truly a man on a mission in Mumbai yesterday. After almost a year of meticulous planning that culminated in an almost 'top-secret' movement of location 48 hours before the Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon, he finally got his hands on to something that eluded him four years ago at this very venue.
Ram Singh finished the Mumbai marathon in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 59 seconds -- well within the IAAF prescribed 2:18 'B' standard qualifying mark for this year's London Olympics -- to emerge the fastest Indian in the ninth edition of the Mumbai Marathon.
Considering his experience at the Mumbai event -- Ram Singh has won a hat-trick of Mumbai marathons (2007, 2008, 2009) besides finishing second in 2010 and 3rd in 2011 -- he has always been the 'go-to' man for anyone and everyone associated with the Mumbai event. This often disturbed his concentration in the run-up to race day.