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ING New York City Marathon Marks Conclusion of 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors Series; Ethiopia’s Gebremariam and Kenya’s Kiplagat Claim NYC Titles

NEW YORK CITY, November 7, 2010 – The running of the 41st ING New York City Marathon marked the official conclusion of the 2009-2010 World Marathon Majors series. The overall series standings remained largely unchanged with Kenya’s Sammy Wanjiru and Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova having both taken insurmountable leads after victories at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last month. However, New York City race champions Gebre Gebremariam of Ethiopia and Edna Kiplagat of Kenya added their names to the mix with their 25-point efforts.
 
Gebremariam, running his marathon debut, out-dueled veteran Emmanuel Mutai of Kenya to be the first across the finish line in Central Park in 2:08:14. Gebremariam’s victory puts him in a three-way tie for ninth in the 2009-2010 WMM series standings with his first-ever WMM points. Mutai (2:09:18) climbed from fourth to third in the series standings with 50 points. His second place finish was his third in a row at a WMM event – he was runner-up at the 2010 Virgin London Marathon and the silver medalist at the 2009 IAAF World Championship Marathon.
 
Kiplagat, running in her first New York City Marathon, beat a pair of marathon rookies, Shalane Flanagan of the U.S. and Mary Keitany of Kenya, with a strong finish in Central Park. Kiplagat’s winning time of 2:28:20 was 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Flanagan (2:28:40) and 41 seconds ahead of third place finisher Keitany (2:29:01). Kiplagat’s 25 points are the first WMM points of her career, launching her into a six-way tie for fifth in the final 2009-2010 WMM series standings.
 
Series champions Wanjiru and Shobukhova will be honored tomorrow at a World Marathon Majors banquet in New York City where they will be awarded with their $500,000 USD first place prizes.

2009-2010 World Marathon Majors Series Top 5:

Top 5 Men
Place       Name                        Country       Point Total
1             Samuel Wanjiru          KEN            75
2             Tesgaye Kebede         ETH             65
3             Emmanuel Mutai         KEN            50
4             Deriba Merga              ETH             35
5             Jaouad Gharib            MAR             30

Top 5 Women
Place      Name                        Country       Point Total
1             Liliya Shobukhova      RUS            85
2             Irina Mikitenko           GER            41
3             Salina Kosgei            KEN            36
4             Teyba Erkesso           ETH            30
5              Xue Bai                     CHN           25
5             Bezunesh Bekele        ETH           25
5             Atsede Habtamu         ETH           25
5             Aberu Kebede            ETH            25
5             Edna Kiplagat            KEN            25 
5             Derartu Tulu                ETH           25