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Shobukhova
Vaults into First Place of
World Marathon Majors Series 2009/2010

Kebede
wins men‰Ûªs race and moves into first place tie with Wanjiru

 

London, April 25, 2010 ‰ÛÒ Liliya
Shobukhova of Russia vaulted into first place of the World Marathon Majors
Series women‰Ûªs 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 Sunday.

The WMM Series men‰Ûªs and women‰Ûªs
champions will each collect $500,000.

The men‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs 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 2:22:38.

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:

Men

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

Women

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

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