KATHMANDU: Nepali athlete Bhim Bahadur Gurung ranked first in the 50-kilometre ultra race in the desert landscape of Oman on Friday, November 29 in 05:26:22, twelve minutes clear of the second-placed runner from Germany.

Bhim Bahadur Gurung, winner of the 2019 edition of 50-km ultra race, is pictured crossing the finish line, at Oman by UTMB. Photo Courtesy: Lloyd Images/Kelvin Bruce
Bhim Bahadur Gurung, winner of the 2019 edition of 50-km ultra race, is pictured crossing the finish line, at Oman by UTMB. Photo Courtesy: Lloyd Images/Kelvin Bruce
Likewise, Sunmaya Budha of Jumla was ranked first among the female runners clocking 06:12:26, twenty minutes clear of the second runner. She was placed 6th in the overall ranking. Mira Rai, who came third in 06:43:08, said, "This was a wonderful race in an amazing landscape with very great athletes competing from so many different countries. We are happy to race here and it is especially great that Bhim and Sunmaya won. My training is increasing slowly and I am very happy with the third position today."
Bhim Bahadur Gurung, winner of the 2019 edition of 50-km ultra race, is pictured crossing the finish line, at Oman by UTMB. Photo Courtesy: Lloyd Images/Kelvin Bruce
Bhim Bahadur Gurung, winner of the 2019 edition of 50-km ultra race, is pictured crossing the finish line, at Oman by UTMB. Photo Courtesy: Lloyd Images/Kelvin Bruce
The prestigious 'Oman by UTMB' race is a sister race of the world's biggest trail running event held every year in Chamonix, France, where 5000 plus runners compete, states a press release.