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Wanjiru, Shobukhova Win 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors

NEW
YORK CITY, November 8, 2010 – Sammy Wanjiru of Kenya and Liliya
Shobukhova of Russia have been crowned champions of the 2009-2010 World
Marathon Majors series, and both were presented $500,000 USD for their
respective accomplishments at an awards banquet today in New York City.
Wanjiru accumulated 75 points over
the two-year series with a win at the 2009 Virgin London Marathon and
back-to-back victories at the 2009 and 2010 Bank of America Chicago
Marathons. Wanjiru also won the 2008-2009 WMM series. Shobukhova tallied
85 points over the past two years with a pair of victories at the 2009
and 2010 Chicago Marathons, a victory at the 2010 London Marathon and a
third-place finish at the same event in 2009.

Wanjiru
secured the 2009-2010 WMM series win with a thrilling victory over
Ethiopia’s Tsegaye Kebede at the Chicago Marathon on October 10.

“Last
year I promised I would be back here to defend my World Marathon Majors
title and I’m proud to have fulfilled that promise,” said Wanjiru.
“Being the Olympic Marathon champion is a dream for everyone, but to win
the World Marathon Majors series means that you have to be strong and
consistent over two years and I’m happy to have achieved this honor
twice.”

Shobukhova
has scored WMM points in all four of her career marathons, including
victories in her last three. She unseated Germany’s Irina Mikitenko,
victor of the last two WMM series.

“I
want to thank the race directors and event organizers for the
opportunity to compete in the World Marathon Majors,” said Shobukhova.
“It is a great idea and serves not as pressure, but as a source of
motivation for athletes to compete at their best at the world’s best
races. After I won the 2009 Chicago Marathon I knew I had an opportunity
to win the series title, and I’m proud to have achieved this goal and I
hope to be back next year.”

Note: High resolution images of the champions are available upon request via media contacts below.

In
the series, which was established in 2006, the world’s top runners
score points for top five finishes in the five events that comprise the
World Marathon Majors: Virgin London Marathon, B.A.A. Boston Marathon,
real,- Berlin Marathon, Bank of America Chicago Marathon and ING New
York City Marathon. Athletes also earn World Marathon Major points at
the Olympic Games every four years and IAAF World Championships every
other year.

WMM
series points are awarded as follows: 25 points for first place, 15
points for second place, 10 points for third place, five points for
fourth place and one point for fifth place.

World Marathon Majors series winners are as follows:

WMM Series     Men                                                    Women
2009-2010          Sammy Wanjiru, Kenya                        Liliya Shobukhova, Russia

2008-2009          Sammy Wanjiru, Kenya                        Irina Mikitenko, Germany
2007-2008          Martin Lel, Kenya                                 Irina Mikitenko, Germany

2006-2007          Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot, Kenya        Gete Wami, Ethiopia

Final 2009-2010 WMM Series Top 5 Men
Place       Name                    Country      Point Total
1             Sammy Wanjiru      Kenya        75
2             Tesgaye Kebede     Ethiopia     65

3             Emmanuel Mutai     Kenya       50
4             Deriba Merga          Ethiopia     35
5             Jaouad Gharib         Morocco    30

Final 2009-2010 WMM Series Top 5 Women

Place      Name                      Country      Point Total
1             Liliya Shobukhova    Russia       85
2             Irina Mikitenko         Germany    41

3             Salina Kosgei          Kenya        36
4             Teyba Erkesso        Ethiopia      30
5             Xue Bai                   China         25

5             Bezunesh Bekele     Ethiopia     25
5             Atsede Habtamu      Ethiopia     25
5             Aberu Kebede          Ethiopia     25

5             Edna Kiplagat          Kenya        25 
5             Derartu Tulu             Ethiopia     25

www.worldmarathonmajors.com

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