GUWAHATI, Aug 17 - Jayanta Borkakoti of Assam has completed the 93rd edition of the �Comrades Ultra Marathon, 2018� held in South Africa recently.
Comrades Ultra Marathon is the oldest, greatest and the largest ultra-marathon in the world and covers a total distance of around 90 kms. The run takes place annually between Durban and Pietermaritzburg, and the start point alternates between the two cities each year with 6 cut-offs in between. The race should be completed within the time limit of 12 hours, and that�s why it is known as �The Ultimate Human Race�.
This year, it was the �Down� run from Pietermaritzburg to Durban and participants had to cross 5 hills and the theme of the race was �No Turning Back � Asijiki�.
Out of 21,273 registered participants, 161 were Indians. 19,059 athletes started the foot race and 16,478 finished within the 12-hour cut-off of which 133 were Indians.
Jayanta Borkakoti completed the race in 11 hours and 34 minutes and was among the successful Indian athletes that represented India in this race. He is one of the first long-distance runners from NE to have completed the back-to-back Up and Down Comrades run consecutively in 2017 and 2018 and the first one from Assam to bag the same. With this back to back finish, Jayanta got an additional Back to Back finishers bronze medal, a release said.