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Men’s WMM $500K Winner Down to NYC 26.2

 

The Men‰Ûªs 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)
‰ÛÓ The men‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªs 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‰Ûªt compete on Sunday in
New York.

The World Marathon Majors Point
Structure:

1st
Place
‰ÛÒ 25 pts.  2nd Place ‰ÛÒ 15 pts.  3rd Place ‰ÛÒ 10 pts.  4th Place ‰ÛÒ 5 pts.  5th Place ‰ÛÒ 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.

Current Standings:
Place     NAME                  
               
Points   If 1st      If 2nd    If 3rd     If 4th     If 5th    
Comments

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          

 

 

Possible
Scenarios
:
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‰Ûªt 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‰Ûªd 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‰Ûªs.

                                               

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.

The
Leaders:

1. Patrick Makau­‰ÛÒ Kenya ‰ÛÒ
60 points
1st, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon – 2:03:38 (WR) ‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

3rd, 2011 Virgin London Marathon – 2:05:45 ‰ÛÒ 10 pts.
1st, 2010 -real, Berlin
Marathon – 2:05:08 ‰ÛÒ 25 pts.                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                               

2.  Emmanuel Mutai ‰ÛÒ Kenya ‰ÛÒ 55
points (Season finished)

1st, 2011 Virgin London Marathon –  2:04:40 ‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

2nd, 2010 ING New York City Marathon –
2:09:18 ‰ÛÒ 15 pts.

2nd, 2010 Virgin London Marathon ‰ÛÒ 2:06:23
‰ÛÒ 15 pts.

 

3. Tsegaye Kebede ‰ÛÒ
Ethiopia ‰ÛÒ 41
points

5th, 2011 Virgin London Marathon ‰ÛÒ 2:07:48
‰ÛÒ 1 pt.

2nd, 2010 Bank of
America Chicago Marathon ‰ÛÒ 2:06:43
‰ÛÒ 15 pts.

1st, 2010 Virgin London Marathon – 2:05:19
‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

 

4t.  Moses Mosop ‰ÛÒ Kenya
‰ÛÒ  40 points (Season
finished)

1st, 2011 Bank of
America Chicago Marathon ‰ÛÒ 2:05:37
‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

2nd, 2011 Boston Marathon ‰ÛÒ 2:03:06
‰ÛÒ 15 pts.

  

 4t.  Geoffrey Mutai ‰ÛÒ Kenya ‰ÛÒ
40 pts.

1st, 2011 Boston Marathon – 2:03:02
‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

2nd, 2010 -real, Berlin Marathon ‰ÛÒ
2:05:08 ‰ÛÒ 15 pts.

 

6.  Gebre Gebremariam ‰ÛÒ Ethiopia ‰ÛÒ 35
pts.

DNF, 2011 IAAF World Championships
‰ÛÒ 0 pts.

3rd, 2011 Boston Marathon –
2:04:53  – 10
pts.

1st, 2010 ING New York City Marathon ‰ÛÒ
2:08:14 ‰ÛÒ 25 pts.

 

Complete WMM Series leaderboards
are posted at worldmarathonmajors.com.

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