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Madhusmita Jena completes Manchester marathon in traditional Indian attire

Published at :April 20, 2023 at 7:54 PM
Modified at :December 13, 2023 at 1:01 PM
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(Courtesy : Odia Bytes)

M Sudharshan

The 41-year-old ran the 42.5 km long Adidas Manchester Marathon under five hours.

A UK-based 41-year-old woman from Odisha, Madhusmita Jena, made headlines after running a 42.5 km Manchester marathon on April 16, 2023, on Sunday. The Odia woman completed the marathon with an impressive timing of 4 hours and 50 minutes while wearing a traditional Sambalpuri handloom saree.

FISIUK (Friends of India Soc Intl UK) tweeted, Madhusmita Jena, an Indian living in Manchester, UK, comfortably runs the Manchester marathon 2023 in a lovely Sambalpuri Saree

While proudly showcasing her Indian heritage, she also presents an inviting perspective on the quintessential #Indian attire. 

Many audiences could be heard cheering for Madhusmita Jena in the video shared by the FISIUK Twitter account. The tweet was shared on Twitter on April 17 (05:52 PM) and since has garnered 24.7k views with 234 retweets and 1125 likes 9 (as of April 20).  

A Twitter account appreciated Madhusmita Jena’s effort and said, “Saree Jahan Se Achhi. Madhusmita reminds me of my Ayee playing tennis in a saree 95 yrs ago or my days of walking to work in it through snow, sleet & wind chunnels in NYC & Geneva. Certain heroism in keeping faith with it for identity or grace or familiarity or all? Inspirational!”

A total of 28000 runners took part in the Adidas Manchester marathon which is one of UK's premier running events.