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Final 2013 World Marathon Majors Leader Board

The 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors (WMM) Series title came down to the streets of New York City at today‰Ûªs running of the 43rd
ING New York City Marathon. At the Series finale, the $1 million prize
was still up for grabs among four race day competitors. After a pair of
masterful performances that culminated at the finish line in Central
Park, Ethiopia‰Ûªs Tsegaye Kebede and Kenya‰Ûªs Priscah Jeptoo were crowned
champions of the 2012-2013 WMM Series, staking their claim as the top
marathon runners in the world. For Kebede‰Ûªs part, with his second-place
finish today, he became the first man to score points in three WMM
races in the same calendar year.


After
victories at the 2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and 2013 Virgin
London Marathon, Kebede arrived in New York as the 2012-2013 Series
Leader. He needed only to keep Uganda‰Ûªs Stephen Kiprotich outside of
the top two finishers in New York in order to maintain his Series lead.
He did just that by finishing second to race champion Geoffrey Mutai of
Kenya. Kebede‰Ûªs recognition at the top world‰Ûªs top marathon runner
comes after finishing fifth in the 2008-2009 Series, second in the
2009-2010 Series, fourth in the 2010-2011 Series, and second in the
2011-2012 Series. In fact, in 12 WMM appearances dating back to 2008,
he has never finished outside of the five.


‰ÛÏIt is not easy to win the World Marathon Majors,‰Û said Kebede. ‰ÛÏThis is my dream. I‰Ûªm very happy to get to this point.‰Û


Jeptoo,
the reigning Virgin London Marathon champion and Olympic silver
medalist, needed nothing less than victory at the Series finale to
catapult to the top of the WMM standings.  She delivered
a come-from-behind win that illustrated her unparalleled ability at
this time in women‰Ûªs marathon running. Jeptoo overcame a more than
three minute deficit to the early race leader at Mile 14 with a fierce
rally over the second half of today‰Ûªs race. Upon breaking the finish
tape, she secured the 25 points that she needed to move past reigning
Boston and Chicago champion Rita Jeptoo (no relation).


‰ÛÏI
wanted to win, but the way I started to run disappointed me,‰Û said
Jeptoo. ‰ÛÏToward the finish, I knew I might win. This is a great moment
for me. And this day, I will not forget it the rest of my life.‰Û


Final 2012-2013 WMM Series Women‰Ûªs Leader Board


1.   
Priscah Jeptoo, Kenya, 75 points

·        
1st
      2013 ING New York City Marathon                    
25 points

·        
1st      
2013 Virgin London Marathon                           
25 points

·        
2nd     
2012 Olympic Games Marathon                         
15 points

·        
3rd      
2012 Virgin  London Marathon                          
10 points

2.   
Rita Jeptoo, Kenya, 65 points

·        
1st      
2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon       
25 points

·        
1st      
2013 Boston Marathon                                        
25 points

·        
2nd     
2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon       
15 points

3.   
Edna Kiplagat, Kenya, 55 points

·        
1st      
2013 IAAF World Championships Marathon   
25 points

·        
2nd     
2013 Virgin London Marathon                           
15 points

·        
2nd     
2012 Virgin London Marathon                           
15 points

4.   
Sharon Cherop, Kenya, 50 points

·        
2nd     
2013 BMW Berlin Marathon                                
15 points

·        
3rd      
2013 Boston Marathon                                        
10 points

·        
1st      
2012 Boston Marathon                                        
25 points

5.   
Atsede Baysa, Ethiopia, 31 points         

·        
5th      
2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon       
1 point

·        
4th      
2013 Virgin London Marathon                           
5 points

·        
1st      
2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon       
25 points

 

Final 2012-2013 WMM Series Men‰Ûªs Leader Board


1.   
Tsegaye Kebede, Ethiopia, 75 points

·        
2nd     
2013 ING New York City Marathon                    
15 points

·        
1st      
2013 Virgin London Marathon                           
25 points

·        
1st      
2012 Bank of America Chicago Marathon       
25 points

·        
3rd      
2012 Virgin London Marathon                           
10 points

2.   
Wilson Kipsang, Kenya, 61 points

·        
1st      
2013 BMW Berlin Marathon                                
25 points

·        
5th      
2013 Virgin London Marathon                           
1 point

·        
3rd      
2012 Olympic Games Marathon                         
10 points

·        
1st      
2012 Virgin London Marathon                           
25 points

T3. Stephen Kiprotich, Uganda, 50 points

·        
1st      
2013 IAAF World Championships Marathon   
25 points

·        
1st      
2012 Olympic Games Marathon                         
25 points

T3. Geoffrey Mutai, Kenya, 50 points

·        
1st      
2013 ING New York City Marathon                    
25 points

·        
1st      
2012 BMW Berlin Marathon                                
25 points

T5. Lelisa Desisa, Ethiopia, 40 points

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