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Geb Wins Berlin in 2:06:08

real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: Gebrselassie and
Habtamu 

triumph in World Marathon Majors race

 

The Ethiopian duo of Haile Gebrselassie and
Atsede Habtamu  earned maximum points in the World Marathon Majors (WMM)
rankings with their double success in the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. While
Gebrselassie achieved his fourth victory in a WMM race, Habtamu completed a
dream debut: on her very first appearance in a WMM event she collected 25
points.

 

The points earned by Gebrselassie and
Habtamu will not have a significant impact on who will be the overall champions
for the current 2008-09 season. Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya) and Irina Mikitenko
(Germany) have built up too big a lead in the rankings. But it’s a
different matter as far as the standings for 2009 ‰ÛÓ 2010 are concerned.

 

The real,-BERLIN-MARATHON once again lived
up to its reputation for top-class results. Haile Gebrselassie won in 2:06:08
to move up to second in 2008 ‰ÛÓ 2009 rankings. The Kenyan Francis Kiprop
collected 15 points for second place after a world-class run of 2:07:04. Here
in detail is what the leading results from the real,-BERLIN-MARATHON mean in
terms of WMM points:

 

MEN

1.            Haile
Gebrselassie                           ETH                        25
Points              2:06:08

2.            Francis
Kiprop                    KEN                        15
                          2:07:04

3.            Negari
Terfa                                       ETH                        10
                          2:07:41

4.            Dereje
Debele Tulu                         ETH                         
5                            2:09:41

5.            Alfred
Kering                                     KEN                          
1                           2:09:52

 

WOMEN

1.            Atsede
Habtamu                              ETH                        25
Points              2:24:
47

2.            Silvia
Skvortsova                               RUS                        15
                          2:26:
24

3.            Mamitu
Daska                   ETH                        10
                          2:26:38

4.            Rosaria
Console                                ITA                         5  
                           2:26:45

5.            Genet
Getaneh                                ETH                        1  
                           2:27:09

 

Two races remain in the WMM Series for 2008
‰ÛÓ 2009 following the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: the Bank of America Chicago
Marathon on October 11 and the ING New York City Marathon on November 1.

 

The Boston Marathon and the Virgin London
Marathon complete the World Marathon Majors schedule and take place in April.

 

The Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya)
leads the men’s rankings for the 2008 ‰ÛÓ 2009 Series with 65 points
from Haile Gebrselassie (50). Irina Mikitenko (Germany) has already achieved
the maximum total of 75 points from three races and has a clear lead over Dire
Tune (Ethiopia/40) in the women’s competition. Mikitenko is on course to
become the first woman athlete to win a WMM Series twice in succession, having
already won the 2007 ‰ÛÓ 2008 edition.

 

WMM Standings for 2009 ‰ÛÓ 2010 to
date:

 

Men

1. Samuel Wanjiru                           KEN  
                     65
Points

2. Haile Gebrselassie                      ETH
                       50

3. Tsegaye Kebede                          ETH
                       35

4. Deribe
Merga                               ETH 
                      30

5. Emmanuel Mutai                         KEN     
                  26

    Martin
Lel             
                          KEN     
                  26

    Robert K.
Cheruiyot                    KEN     
                  26

 

Women

1. Irina Mikitenko                             GER 
                      75
Points

2. Dire
Tune                                        ETH       
               40

3. Salina
Kosgei                
               KEN        30

   Alvetina Biktimirova                     RUS
                       30

  Constantina Dita                             ROM
                     30

6.  Xue Bai                                           CHI
                        25

    Lidiya Grigoryeva                         RUS
                       25

    Paula Radcliffe                              GBR                       25

   Atsede Besuye                              ETH
                       25

 

The full standings for the 2008 ‰ÛÓ
2009 and 2009 ‰ÛÓ 2010 series as well as further information about the
World Marathon Majors and participating athletes are available from:
www.worldmarathonmajors.com

 

 

 

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