Kipchoge, Keitany Win World Marathon Majors

Mary Keitany after winning the 2015 New York City Marathon (Getty Images)

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Mary Keitany are the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX champions it was announced after the Tokyo Marathon, the final race of the Series, on Sunday (28).

Keitany, who was tied along with Ethiopia’s Mare Dibaba and Kenya’s Helah Kiprop with 41 points, was selected as the Series IX women’s champion in a vote by the leaders of the six AbbottWMM member races, in accordance with the AbbottWMM tie-breaking procedure.

Kipchoge and Keitany will each earn USD $500,000 were honoured at an awards ceremony to mark the conclusion of the year-long series that featured the AbbottWMM races: the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BMW BERLIN, Bank of America Chicago and TCS New York City marathons – allIAAF Gold Label Road Races – and the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 marathons.

“This year we’ve demonstrated our commitment to championing the sport, supporting the elite runners who prove that marathoners are among the world’s greatest athletes, and celebrating the 250,000 runners who every year join us on our iconic courses,” said AbbottWMM general manager Tim Hadzima.  

Kipchoge finished at the top of the AbbottWMM Series IX leader board, earning 50 points for his victories at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon and the 2015 BMW BERLIN Marathon.

Mary Keitany earned her AbbottWMM Series IX title with a victory at the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon and a second-place finish at the 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon.

How the Abbott World Marathon Majors works: athletes earn the following points by placing among the top five in qualifying races during the 12-month period.

1st place – 25 points
2nd place – 16 points
3rd place – 9 points
4th place – 4 points
5th place – 1 point

The champions are the male and female athletes who score the most points during the one-year scoring period.

Points from a maximum of two races are scored. An athlete must start in at least two races over the cycle to be eligible. If an athlete earns points in more than two events, the athlete’s highest two finishes are scored.#

The AbbottWMM race directors met as a group immediately after the conclusion of the Tokyo Marathon 2016 and participated in a vote to validate the winners of the AbbottWMM Series IX title. 

The unanimous vote for the women’s champion focused on the strength of the race fields in which Keitany, Dibaba and Kiprop competed, as determined by the number of total AbbottWMM points earned by their competitors in the respective races. (IAAF)

The following races made up the Abbott World Marathon Majors Series IX:

22 February, 2015 – Tokyo Marathon
20 April, 2015 – Boston Marathon
26 April, 2015 – Virgin Money London Marathon
22 August, 2015 – IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 men’s marathon
30 August, 2015 – IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015 women’s marathon
27 September, 2015 – BMW BERLIN Marathon
11 October, 2015 – Bank of America Chicago Marathon
1 November, 2015 – TCS New York City Marathon
28 February, 2016 – Tokyo Marathon

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