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Triathon ‘Ironman 70.3’ in Germany hosts 10 Indian participants – all from Vidarbha

The Ironman 70.3 was organised by World Triathlon Organisation at Duisburg in Germany that had 10 Indian participants – all from Vidarbha…

Ironman 70.3 – is a series of is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races – organised by World Triathlon Organisation at Duisburg, in Germany, recently. There were nine participants from Chandrapur and one from Akola who completed running within cut-off time of 8:30 hours.

A total of 2600 participants from all over the world took part, 10 out of which belong to India. Interestingly, all of them belonged to Vidarbha region, informed Shripadh Balki, ASI of Nagpur range, posted as Assistant Sub-Inspector, Chandrapur Police who had been with Nagpur Police for more than 15 years.

Ironman 70.3 comprises three components- 1.9 kms of swimming, 90 kms of cycling and 21.1 kms of running, which has to be completed within an uninterrupted time span of eight and half hours.   

All the 10 participants were namely Prajakta Aswar (Gynaecologist ) Dr Kalpana Gulwade (Gynaecologist ), Dr Sachin Bhede (Psychiatry Specialist), Dr Rizwan Ali Shivji (Dentist), Dr Gururaj Kulkarni (Physiotherapist), Naba Fatema Shivji (MBBS student), Dr Sandeep Mungantiwar (Ophthalmologist), Dr Abhay Rathod (Pediatrician), Dr Parag Tapare (Paediatrician)  and Shripad Balki (Assistant Sub Inspector, Chandrapur Police).

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Nagpur advocate shares his experience of Berlin Marathon 2022




Nation Next Newsroom | Nagpur

Nagpur advocate Ashish Agrawal partook in the 2022 Berlin Marathon, in Berlin, Germany, on September 25. Recounting his vivid and glorious experiences he said:

Running through the iconic Brandenburg Gate to finish the Berlin Marathon is an emotional affair. A marathon in a city like Berlin cannot be anything but legendary. It holds a special place among runners for being the fastest course. Ashish Agrawal, a city lawyer, who participated in this year’s edition, wrote, “the combination of a flat, fast course, a pack of top-flight pacers and ideal autumn weather has ensured that the event is now regarded as the undisputed WR marathon race. Its claim to fame is cemented by the fact that the last six successive world records for the distance, for men, have been set on the course”

I reached Berlin on Thursday, September 22 and the city was already warming up for the marathon weekend. The pre-marathon event expo was held at the now-defunct Tempelhof airport, one of the oldest airports in the world. The vast airport suddenly looked small when filled with runners waiting to collect their race numbers. The added attraction in shopping, largely related to running, from fancy clothing to accessories and nutritional products, represented a running festival.

Getting 44,000 runners to run through the streets was no easy task. Runners were grouped in four categories and the start time ranged from 9:10 am for the elites to 10:10 am for the back-of-the-pack, where I duly took my place. What was surprising though, was the unflinching support from the volunteers who didn’t move from their positions, until the last one went past them. The equally admirable crowd didn’t relent either and cheerfully supported the runners through the route. Lively music bands were stationed across the route playing vibrant music. The marathon route goes through some of the landmarks of Berlin including the Victory Column, German Chancellery, The Friedrichstadt-Palast, prominent art galleries and museums, Bundestrat, and finally, the Brandenburg Gate appearing between 41 and 42km points. Running through the Gate (built in the 18th century to commemorate peace, it was closed for 28 years following the division of Germany), was something that I have been dreaming about ever since I won the lottery to participate, and the last kilometre was certainly my fastest!

A euphoric finish was rewarded by a wonderfully designed medal — one side featuring the important landmarks of Berlin and the other side the a relatively unknown Eliud Kipchoge. Eliud Kipchoge is the fasted Marathoner in the world, setting a record of 2.01 hours here itself in Berlin. It was a tribute to him. That evening, there were the finishers in the city proudly sporting their finisher tees and medals all the way to their way — the Berlin legends!

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Proud moment for India as Vande Bharat beats Japan’s bullet train by 3 seconds




Akshara Rohankar | Mumbai

India's Vande Bharat Express has achieved a phenomenal feat by attaining a speed of 100 km/hr in 52 seconds, surpassing Japan’s bullet train.

India’s Vande Bharat Express has achieved a phenomenal feat by attaining a speed of 100 km/hr in 52 seconds, surpassing Japan’s bullet train which covers 100 km/hr in 55 seconds. 

The Vande Bharat Express is a semi-high speed, intercity, EMU (electric multiple unit) train completely manufactured in India. It is also known as Train 18.       

A video shared by Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Railways, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology in Government of India, shows the Vande Bharat Express train number two running at a speed of 180 kilometres per hour.


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Gautam Adani replaces Amazon’s Jeff Bezos to become world’s second richest




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

L to R: Gautam Adani, Jeff Bezos

Wealth of Indian billionaire tycoon and Chairperson of Adani Group – Gautam Adani – surged to make him the second richest man in the world on Friday morning, after a huge rise in the stocks Adani Group.

As per Forbes real-time billionaires list, Adani’s current net worth, as of September 16, stood at $155.7 billion – an amount that rose up by $5.5 billion or nearly four percent.

Adani, on Friday, overtook Amazon’s Jeff Bezos (Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with net worth $$149.7 billion), to secure the second richest spot, and is just behind Tesla’s Elon Musk, who remains the world’s richest man with $273.5 billion net worth.

Adani few weeks back, had overtaken France’s Bernard Arnault, Chief Executive Officer at Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton, to become the world’s third richest person, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

Mukesh Ambani

It was the first time an Asian broke into the top three of the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Meanwhile, Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani is the second wealthiest Indian with a net worth of $92.2 billion. 

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