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World Marathon Major Leaderboard – Boston/London Next

World Marathon Majors Doubleheader Weekend Sure to Have Huge
Leaderboard Implications

Series leaders Kebede and
Shobukhova pace world‰Ûªs best into London and Boston

 

April 7, 2011‰ÛÓThe
2010‰ÛÒ2011 World Marathon Majors series resumes with a doubleheader weekend,
beginning with the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 17, then jumping over
the Atlantic for the Boston Marathon the next
day.

 

The WMM series leaderboard is
sure to be reshuffled in the chase for the $1 million jackpot. Many of the
world‰Ûªs top marathoners will be looking to chase down WMM series points leaders
Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia
and Liliya Shobukhova of Russia on the streets of London. And another group
of talented athletes will be in the hunt for the title on the famed
Hopkinton-to-Boston course.

 

In London, Kebede and Shobukhova lead one of the
most talented packs of athletes ever seen on a starting line. Kebede, with 40
points, brings a 10-point lead into London. A win would push him at least 15 points
ahead of anyone who could potentially reach second place in the series
standings. He will have his work cut out for him, however, as Kenyans Emmanuel
Mutai (30 points) and Patrick Makau (25 points) will toe the line with him.
Unfortunately, a leg injury has sidelined the 2008 Olympic champion and reigning
WMM series champion, Kenya‰Ûªs Samuel Wanjiru.

 

Shobukhova is the early favorite to retain her WMM
series title. She comes into London with 50
points, after 2010 wins in London and at the Bank of America Chicago
Marathon. Another London win would give her an almost
insurmountable lead heading into the fall marathon season. Ethiopia‰Ûªs Aberu Kebede (25 points), ING New York
City Marathon 2010 champion Edna Kiplagat of Kenya
(25 points), and fellow Russian Inga Abitova (20 points) will try to keep
Shobukhova from running away with the WMM crown.

 

In Boston, Kenya‰Ûªs Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot (25 points) and
ING New York City Marathon 2010 winner Gebre Gebremariam (25 points) of
Ethiopia could climb the ladder with
strong finishes on Patriots‰Ûª Day. American favorite Ryan Hall could also work
his way into the picture with a podium finish.

 

In the women‰Ûªs race, returning
champion Teyba Erkesso (25 points) of
Ethiopia could stay in contention
with another win. She can expect challenges from last year‰Ûªs runner-up Tatyana
Pushkareva (15 points) of Russia, and American star Kara
Goucher, who is returning to WMM action after the birth of her first child last
fall.

   

2010-2011 WMM
Leaderboards

Men

Place          
Name                                      
Country         
Points      Spring ‰Ûª11 marathon

1                 
Tsegaye
Kebede                         
ETH                
40                    London

2                 
Emmanuel
Mutai                          
KEN               
30                    London

3                 
Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot           
KEN               
25                    Boston

3                 
Gebre
Gebremariam                    
ETH                
25                    Boston

3                 
Patrick
Makau                             
KEN               
25                   
London

3                 
Samuel
Wanjiru                           
KEN               
25       
            London

7                 
Tekeste
Kebede                          
ETH                
15       
            Boston

7                 
Geoffrey
Mutai                            
KEN               
15       
            Boston

 

Women

Place          
Name                                      
Country         
Points         Spring ‰Ûª11
marathon

1                 
Liliya
Shobukhova                       
RUS                
50                   London

2                 
Teyba
Erkesso                        
   
ETH                
25                   Boston

2                 
Aberu
Kebede                        
   
ETH                
25                   London

2                 
Edna
Kiplagat                         
    
KEN               
25                  London

5                 
Inga
Abitova                           
    
RUS                
20                  London

5                 
Bezunesh
Bekele                         
ETH                
20                  
London

7                 
Atsede
Baysa                          
   
ETH                
15                   Idle

7                 
Shalane
Flanagan                    
    
USA                
15                  Idle

7                 
Tatyana
Pushkareva                
    
RUS                
15                  Boston

 

World Marathon Majors Scoring

1st: 25
points           2nd: 15
points             
3rd: 10
points             
4th: 5 points        5th: 1 point

 

Complete WMM Series leaderboards
are posted at www.worldmarathonmajors.com.

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