FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Uganda and Kenya Triumphs at IAAF World Championships Races
On the opening day of the IAAF World Championships on 10 August, Edna
Kiplagat of Kenya successfully defended her marathon World Championship
title in 2:25:44, making history as the first female marathon runner to
retain back-to-back world titles. Valeria Straneo of Italy was second in
2:25:58 while Kayoko Fukushi of Japan took third in 2:27:45. In sunny and
hot weather conditions it was Straneo who took the lead until 40k when
eventual winner Edna Kiplagat passed her having conserved energy during the
early stages of the race. It was a tough race, with 23 DNFs.
Kiplagat is now leading the World Marathon Majors leaderboard 2012/2013
with Priscah Jeptoo just 5 points behind her. Rita Jeptoo is currently
third with 40 points. If Kiplagat enters a fall marathon, she will have a
good chance at winning the World Marathon Majors 2012/13 series. Priscah
and Rita Jeptoo, however, will most likely compete in a fall race, which
will change the leaderboard. All focus will be on the fall marathon season
at the BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and ING New York City marathons
for the naming the 7th World Marathon Majors Female Champion.
Decision on WMM crown in fall races
Uganda's Olympic champion, Stephen Kiprotich, won the men's marathon at the
IAAF World Championships by pulling away late in the race, clocking
2:09:51. 2013 Boston Marathon winner Lelisa Desisa (ETH) took second place
in 2:10:12. Tadese Tola of Ethiopia came third, 32 seconds behind the World
Champion. Tola, tried to break away early in the race, but couldn't
withstand the late surge of the Kiprotich the Olympic Champion. Current
World Marathon Majors 2012/13 series leader and 2013 London winner, Tsegaye
Kebede, came fourth. No Kenyans were in the top five for the first time at
the World Championships since 2005.
Kebede's 65 points in the 2012-2013 WMM Series standings gives him a
15-point lead over Uganda's Stephen Kiprotich. Ethiopian Lelisa Desisa is
currently third with 40 points. The final standings for the year now
depends of whether any of the top three of the WMM leaderboard are able to
get additional points the fall races coming up.
As for the women's race, the men's race title decision will be also made at
the fall marathons. The fall race season will start with the BMW
BERLIN-MARATHON on September 29th, then move on to the Bank of America
Chicago Marathon on October 13th and the conclusion of the 2012/13 season
will be at the ING New York City marathon on November 3rd.
2012–2013 WMM Series Leaderboards
Top 5 Men
1. Tsegaye Kebede ETH 65 pts.
2. Stephen Kiprotich UGA 50 pts.
3. Lelisa Desisa ETH 40 pts.
4. Wilson Kipsang KEN 36 pts.
5. Wesley Korir KEN 27 pts.
Top 5 Women
1. Edna Kiplagat KEN 55 pts.
2. Priscah Jeptoo KEN 50 pts.
3. Rita Jeptoo KEN 40 pts.
4. Sharon Cherop KEN 35 pts.
5. Atsede Baysa ETH 30 pts.