Shillong, Nov 15: The picturesque road from Shillong to Mawthadraishan Peak was the setting today for the road cycling event at the 2nd North East Olympic Games 2022, which Manipur won in both the men’s and women’s events.

Covering 80km, this was the only event of the 18 at NEOG 2022 to venture outside of the Greater Shillong area and cyclists were treated to stunning views on one of the state’s excellent roads in the early morning light.

The test of endurance and perseverance saw Konthoujam Bishan Singh (featured photo) from Manipur finishing first in a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes and 25 seconds to win the open men’s category. Following behind less than a minute afterwards was the silver medallists from Arunachal Pradesh, Tajum Dere (2:29:19), with Meghalaya’s own Kevinjohn Khyllait taking the bronze (2:30:45).

The open women’s event was won by another Manipur cyclist, Naorem B Devi (2:57:18). Arunachal bagged another silver through Lindum Kia Kia (3:01:56), while Thokchom Helen Devi added another bronze to Manipur’s tally (3:04:55).

Women’s podium finishers
Kevinjohn Khyllait of Meghalaya crosses the finish line for third in the men’s race
On the road

(DIPR photos)

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