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The Men's Race is on for the $500,000 Prize Purse of the
2010-2011 World Marathon Majors Series
Marathon Superstars to Settle the Score at 2011 ING New York City Marathon
BOSTON (October 31, 2011)- The men's race for the 2010-2011 World Marathon
Majors title will come down to the wire this weekend in the Big Apple. A
cast of potential winners will toe the starting line on the
Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in the ING New York City Marathon, the eleventh
and final race of the two-year WMM cycle. The women's competition was won
in October, when Liliya Shobukhova (Russia) broke the tape in the Bank of
America Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:18:20, and set an insurmountable
30-point lead in the standings to win the $500,000 prize.
Things are much tighter on the men's side. Standings leader Patrick Makau
of Kenya has used repeat victories in the BMW Berlin Marathon in 2011 and
2010 (25 points each), as well as a third place finish in the 2011 Virgin
London Marathon (10 points), to build a five point lead over the pack. With
his world record performance of 2:03:38 in Berlin coming just six weeks
ago, his season is complete, his point total is set at 60, and he won't
compete on Sunday in New York.
The World Marathon Majors Point Structure:
1st Place – 25 pts. 2nd Place – 15 pts. 3rd Place – 10 pts. 4th Place –
5 pts. 5th Place – 1 pt.
In pursuit of Makau, the field is thick and talented. Emmanuel Mutai of
Kenya (55 pts.), Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia (41 pts.), Geoffrey Mutai of
Kenya (40 pts.), and Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia (35 pts.) are all
statistically in the hunt to win the grand prize on Sunday. Moses Mosop of
Kenya (40 pts.), is just four weeks removed from his 2:05:37 win in
Chicago, and he too, will not compete in New York.
Place NAME Points If If If If If Comments
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th
1st Patrick Makau 60 Not in NYC
2nd Emmanuel Mutai 55 80 70 65 60 56
3rd Tsegaye Kebede 41 66 56 51 46 42
4th Moses Mosop 40 Not in NYC
4th Geoffrey Mutai 40 65 55 50 45 41
6th Gebre Gebremariam 35 60 50 45 40 36
The four competitors can drastically alter the landscape of the leaderboard
with an array of combinations.
Patrick Makau can only win the Series if Emmanuel Mutai finishes no higher
than fifth and Kebede, G. Mutai, and Gebremariam don't win in NYC. Should
E. Mutai finish fourth, and Kebede and G. Mutai not win, E. Mutai would
take the tiebreaker over Makau because of his higher placement in the 2011
Virgin London Marathon.
Emmanuel Mutai can also win with a first or second finish in NYC, or a
third place finish in NYC combined with G. Mutai or Kebede placing not
higher than second. For Tsegaye Kebede to win the Series, he must win NYC
and Emmanuel Mutai must place no higher than third.
For Geoffrey Mutai to win the Series, he must win NYC and E. Mutai must
finish no higher than third. If E. Mutai does finish third, they'd both be
tied at 65. The title would go to G. Mutai as his performance on Sunday
would be better in his head-to-head matchup than Emmanuel's.
Gebre Gebremariam can win the Series if E. Mutai finishes no higher than
fifth, and G. Mutai and Kebede finish no higher than second. He would then
be tied with Makau at 60 points. Without head-to-head competition with
Makau, the next tie-breakers are: most points achieved in the fewest number
qualifying races, number of wins, and average time (respectively) will be
employed. In this instance, both Gebremariam and Makau will have won two
races and placed in three. Makau would likely take victory with his lower
average time. Should a tie remain after all tiebreakers are in effect, the
five race directors will determine the Series champion.
1. Patrick Makau– Kenya – 60 points
1st, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon - 2:03:38 (WR) – 25 pts.
3rd, 2011 Virgin London Marathon - 2:05:45 – 10 pts.
1st, 2010 -real, Berlin Marathon - 2:05:08 – 25 pts.
2. Emmanuel Mutai – Kenya – 55 points (Season finished)
1st, 2011 Virgin London Marathon - 2:04:40 – 25 pts.
2nd, 2010 ING New York City Marathon - 2:09:18 – 15 pts.
2nd, 2010 Virgin London Marathon – 2:06:23 – 15 pts.
3. Tsegaye Kebede – Ethiopia – 41 points
5th, 2011 Virgin London Marathon – 2:07:48 – 1 pt.
2nd, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon – 2:06:43 – 15 pts.
1st, 2010 Virgin London Marathon - 2:05:19 – 25 pts.
4t. Moses Mosop – Kenya – 40 points (Season finished)
1st, 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon – 2:05:37 – 25 pts.
2nd, 2011 Boston Marathon – 2:03:06 – 15 pts.
4t. Geoffrey Mutai – Kenya – 40 pts.
1st, 2011 Boston Marathon - 2:03:02 – 25 pts.
2nd, 2010 -real, Berlin Marathon – 2:05:08 – 15 pts.
6. Gebre Gebremariam – Ethiopia – 35 pts.
DNF, 2011 IAAF World Championships – 0 pts.
3rd, 2011 Boston Marathon - 2:04:53 - 10 pts.
1st, 2010 ING New York City Marathon – 2:08:14 – 25 pts
Complete WMM Series leaderboards are posted at worldmarathonmajors.com.