Ashish Kasodekar (File photo: Shyam G Menon)

Pune-based ultra-runner, Ashish Kasodekar, completed Badwater 135 in 38 hours, 24 minutes and 26 seconds.

At the 2022 edition of the race, he was, as per results available on the event’s website, the thirty first runner to cross the finish line. The overall winner of 2022 Badwater 135, the 217-kilometre ultramarathon held annually in California, was Yoshihiko Ishikawa from Japan. He finished the run in 23:08:20. Yoshihiko had won the 2019 Badwater 135 setting a course record of 21:33:01.

Triathlete and ultra-runner, Ashley Paulson of the US, won the women’s race at 2022 Badwater 135, crossing the finish line in a new course record of 24 hours, nine minutes and 34 seconds. The previous course record was 24:13:24 hours set by Polish runner Patrycja Bereznowska in 2019.

The overall second place finisher at the 2022 edition was Ivan Penalba Lopez of Spain. He finished in 24:02:57 hours. Ashley Paulson was the third runner to finish.

(The authors, Latha Venkatraman and Shyam G Menon, are independent journalists based in Mumbai.)

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