Great news for women in sport. Indian long-distance runner Kavita Raut booked her spot for the Rio Olympics in women’s marathon after winning the event in the 12th South Asian Games, a perfect end to the country’s memorable athletics campaign in the event on Friday.

Raut, 30 clinched the marathon gold in 2 hours 38 minutes and 38 seconds to become the fourth Indian women to have qualified for Rio Games women’s marathon. The Rio Games women’s marathon qualification standard stands at 2:42:00.

Raut hails from Nashik, Maharashtra and is the lone athlete to have qualified for the Olympics from the 12th SAG.

Kavita Raut, Pic by PTI
Kavita Raut, Pic by PTI