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Mangaldai youth makes history by completing Helsinki Marathon

Sagar Rai Deka (jersey no. 12525) of Mangaldai town taking part in the Helsinki Marathon recently. – Photo: Mangaldai Correspondent
 MANGALDAI, May 21 - Sagar Rai Deka – a 29-year-old highly educated youth of Mangaldai town known for his extraordinary passion has once again brought laurel to the district as well as to the State by taking part in an international-level marathon race outside India. This time it was the 39th edition of the 42-km Helsinki City Marathon held in the capital city of Finland on Saturday.

In the Helsinki City Marathon– one of the most interesting marathons in the world, this year as many as 3000 participants from different corners of the globe took part and Sagar Rai Deka clocked 3 hours, 45 minutes to complete the marathon successfully. This coveted information for the people of Mangaldai in particular and Assam in general was received over phone from the parents of Sagar – Upasana Deka, a prominent child activist and Mukul Ch Deka, a well-known industrialist, who are with him all along his adventure. They further informed that only 60 per cent of the participants were able to complete the marathon.

Earlier, Sagar Rai Deka took part in the 42 km International Ergo White Nights Marathon at St. Petersburg in Russia and in the 42 km Ladakh Full Marathon at Leh which is known as the highest marathon in the world at 11,500 feet above sea level. He is the grandson of legendary business tycoon Sunanda Ram Deka– the founder of the SRD Group of Companies.

After his primary schooling at Rupkonwar Jyoti Prasad School at Mangaldai, Sagar completed his secondary education from Scindia School in Gwalior and completed his graduation from Hindu College in Delhi. He also attended universities like University of Amsterdam, EDHEC Business School in France and Rotterdam School of Management in Netherlands. Presently, he is involved with his ancestral SRD Group of Companies and is regularly taking part in all the events of bicycling and marathons organised in the district as well as in the State.

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