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Shobukhova Vaults Into First Place of
World Marathon Majors Series 2009/2010
Kebede wins men's race and moves into first place tie with Wanjiru
London, April 25, 2010 - Liliya Shobukhova of Russia vaulted into first
place of the World Marathon Majors Series women's leader board past
two-time WMM Series winner and two-time London Champion Irina Mikitenko of
Germany with a nearly wire to wire win at the Virgin London Marathon on
The WMM Series men's and women's champions will each collect $500,000.
The men's crown went to Ethiopian Tsegaye Kebede, 23, who broke from the
pack around the 20-mile mark and narrowly missed posting a course record
with a winning time of 2 hours 5 minutes and 19 seconds. Kebede, who was
second here last year, pulled even with Olympic Champion and last year's
London winner Samuel Wanjiru of Kenya at the top of the WMM leader board
with 50 points.
Wanjirui dropped out of the race.
Kenya Emmanuel Mutai was second in 2:06:23 and jumped into a second place
tie with Boston champion Deriba Merga of Ethiopia with 35 points. One of
the most consistent top performers on the WMM series, Jaouad Gharib of
Morocco finished third and also moved up the leader board into fifth place
and striking distance of the Series title.
Shobukhova, 32, the 2009 Bank of America Chicago Champion, dropped her
competition in the closing miles to win in a career best of 2:22:00. She is
the first Russian winner in London. Her compatriot Inga Abitova was second,
19 seconds back, moving into the top 10 of the WMM Series leader board.
Shobukhova has now 60 points. Aselefech of Megia of Ethiopia was third in
An injured Mikitenko dropped out of the race.
After a break through the summer, WMM Series action will resume and heat up
again with the real,- Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 26, the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10 and will conclude with the
ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7.
Standings, breaking news and further information about the World Marathon
may be found at www.worldmarathonmajors.com.
At present, the World Marathon Majors standings are as follows:
1. Samuel Wanjiru Kenya 50 points
1. Tesgaye Kebede Ethiopia 50 points
3. Deriba Mega Ethiopia 35 points
3. Emmanuel Mutai Kenya 35 points
5. Jaouad Gharib Morocco 30 points
1. Liliya Shobukhova Russia 60 points
2. Irina Mikitenko Germany 40 points
3. Salina Kosegi Kenya 36 points
4. Teyba Erkesso Ethiopia 30 points
5. Deratu Tulu Ethiopia 25 points
5. Atsede Habtamu Ethiopia 25 points
5. Xue Bai China 25 points