Everest Marathon - Nepal - Base
Camp - Namche Bazaar
edition of Everest Marathon is scheduled for May 29.
DANGIMA WINS EVEREST MARATHON (2005 edition)
Debutant Bhim Rai chased defending champion
Dangima Sherpa down to the finishing line but finished eleven seconds behind as
the latter defended his Tenzing Hilliary Everest Marathon title today.
Sherpa however could not better his record timing of 4hrs 3 mins 8 secs set last
year. He finished the race in 4:19:17 among 122 participants from seven
countries. Bhim Rai, followed by his brother Deepak Raj Rai, finished second.
Among Nepali women, defending champion Yangdi Lama Sherpa finished first with
the timing of 6:06:02 ahead of Ang Maya Sherpa. Ang Maya recorded 7:06:45
seconds while Pemba Doma Sherpa completed the race in 7:17:07 to finish third
among five participants.
Robert Celinski of Poland was the winner in foreigners category clocking 5:34:02
ahead of Spaniard Barto Loma Ovetegels who finished in 7:12:26. Another Spaniard
Kalafat emerged third. Fair play award went to Erica Kuges of Germany.
“I couldn’t better my record because of the lack of rest,” said Dangima who had
participated in the Everest Sky Race, a ten day competition, few days ago. “This
year, it turned out to be a very close contest.”
The 26-year-old from Solukhumbu was on the lead right from the start. He
conceded the lead with less than three kilometers left but was good enough to
regain it nearly a kilometer from the finish.
“This is a surprise result fro me. I was not expecting to finish second because
I’m still recovering from fever,” 20-year-old Bhim Rai, who once fell down
during the race, said.
“Nepal is a wonderful country,” Robert Celinski reacted, “I will try my best to
encourage all foreigners to visit this beautiful country if not compete in the
Local’s active participation in the race organized to mark the first human
ascent on world’s tallest peak Mt Everest made the competition a festival.
Himalaya Expeditions organizes the annual race, claimed as the marathon at the
highest altitude in the world.
German Ambassador Franz Ring and French Ambassador Michel Jolivet jointly
awarded the winners amidst a function. Himalaya Expeditions president Bikram
Pandey, Nepal Tourism Board manager Hikmat Singh Ayer, race director and
international athletics coach Khadga Ranabhat, race advisor and NTB media
consultant Sarad Pradhan were among the guests. Spouses of the French and German
envoys along with German sports consultant Gunter Lange and his wife were also
in Namche to witness the event.
Source: The Kathmandu Post, May 30, 2005
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