Kolkata, Dec 12: Rio Olympics-bound long distance runners OP Jaisha, Lalita Babar and Sudha Singh will make up a strong Elite Field for the second edition of Tata Steel Kolkata 25K run here on December 20.Jaisha and Sudha had finished in the top 20 in the marathon of the World Championships in Beijing in August and the duo is expected to lead the Indian challenge along with Lalita. (ALSO READ: National championship from December 24 sans five state units)

Kerala’s Jaisha is the current full marathon national record holder for her performance at the Mumbai Marathon 2015 and achieved her personal best at the full marathon at the in Beijing.Jaisha is also a former national record holder in the 3000 metres steeplechase.Maharashtra girl Lalita, who holds the 3000m steeplechase national record, boasts of a hattrick of wins in the Mumbai Marathon and she also has the national half marathon record to her name which she had achieved in Delhi this year.

The trio will lead the challenge in the women’s field, while Indian Army duo of O Sanaton Singh who won the ‘Run for Inclusion’ Half Marathon at Khuman Lumpak in November 2015 and Elam Singh who won the Vasai-Virar Mayor’s Marathon in 2012 will be the ones to watch out for in the men’s section