More victory, glory and cash-token for Kipchoge and Keitany
- Glory and honour continues to follow the humble Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge who alongside Mary Keitany being announced Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI Champions following the conclusion of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
- Kipchoge won his third consecutive AbbottWMM title after winning the 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon and the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon to give him 50 points.
Glory and honour continues to follow the humble Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge who alongside Mary Keitany being announced Abbott World Marathon Majors Series XI champions following the conclusion of the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon.
Kipchoge won his third consecutive AbbottWMM title after winning the 2017 BMW Berlin Marathon and the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon to give him 50 points.
The Rio 2016 marathon champion withstood the hot and humid condition during Sunday’s marathon to take a third title in two hours, four minutes, and 15 seconds, ahead of Ethiopian Shura Tola Kitata.
Kitata was forced to settle for second place in 2:05.00 as debutant and four-time Olympic champion Mohammed ‘Mo’ Faraha took third place in 2:06.32.
Second behind Kipchoge in the AbbottWMM ranking is compatriot and 2017 Boston Marathon champion Geoffrey Kirui with 41 points. Kirui won 25 points with victory at the 2017 IAAF World Championships Marathon and added 16 more with second in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
In third was Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi with 25 points after his victory in the 2018 Boston Marathon.
Kawauchi was tied in joint third by 2017 London Marathon winner Daniel Wanjiru (KEN), 2017 Chicago Marathon winner Galen Rupp (USA), 2017 New York City Marathon Geoffrey Kamworor (KEN) and 2018 Tokoyo Marathon Dickson Chumba (KEN), which triggered a vote by the six Abbott WMM race directors to decide who would be named in third place.
Kawauchi’s amazing victory in Boston, in a race that was characterised with cold and heavy down pour that also contained Kirui and Rupp, was enough to give him the decision.
In the elite women’s competition, Kenya’s Mary Keitany was confirmed champion after victory in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon and second place in the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon.
Keitany who has three titles from the English capital, finished level on 41 points with Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) but her win over Dibaba in London in 2017 means she wins on a head-to-head comparison.
Dibaba takes second place, while our very own Brigid Kosgei was awarded third place, again on a race director’s vote. Kosgei was second in the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and second in the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, drawing her level with Ethiopia’s Ruti Aga but winning the race director’s vote after besting Keitany and Dibaba in London this year.
Each 1,2 and 3 finisher will bag a cash reward of Sh. 25 million (USD 250,000) , Sh.5 million (USD 50,000) and Sh. 2.5 million ( USD 25,000) respectively.
Series XII will begin on September 16, 2018 to September 2019 at the BMW Berlin Marathon in Germany where Kipchoge will be defending his title later this year.
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