So, who could take the $500k from Patrick Makau? Read on, dear readers!
The Men's 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)-- The men's 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's 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's 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't compete on Sunday in
The World Marathon Majors Point Structure:
1st Place - 25 pts. 2nd Place - 15 pts. 3rd Place - 10 pts. 4th Place - 5 pts. 5th Place - 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
Place NAME Points If 1st If 2nd If 3rd If 4th If 5th Comments
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
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't 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'd 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's.
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.
1. Patrick Makau- Kenya -
1st, 2011 BMW Berlin Marathon - 2:03:38 (WR) - 25 pts.
3rd, 2011 Virgin London Marathon - 2:05:45 - 10 pts.
1st, 2010 -real, Berlin Marathon - 2:05:08 - 25 pts.
2. Emmanuel Mutai - Kenya - 55 points (Season finished)
1st, 2011 Virgin London Marathon - 2:04:40 - 25 pts.
2nd, 2010 ING New York City Marathon - 2:09:18 - 15 pts.
2nd, 2010 Virgin London Marathon - 2:06:23 - 15 pts.
3. Tsegaye Kebede - Ethiopia - 41 points
5th, 2011 Virgin London Marathon - 2:07:48 - 1 pt.
2nd, 2010 Bank of America Chicago Marathon - 2:06:43 - 15 pts.
1st, 2010 Virgin London Marathon - 2:05:19 - 25 pts.
4t. Moses Mosop - Kenya - 40 points (Season finished)
1st, 2011 Bank of America Chicago Marathon - 2:05:37 - 25 pts.
2nd, 2011 Boston Marathon - 2:03:06 - 15 pts.
4t. Geoffrey Mutai - Kenya - 40 pts.
1st, 2011 Boston Marathon - 2:03:02 - 25 pts.
2nd, 2010 -real, Berlin Marathon - 2:05:08 - 15 pts.
6. Gebre Gebremariam - Ethiopia - 35 pts.
DNF, 2011 IAAF World Championships - 0 pts.
3rd, 2011 Boston Marathon - 2:04:53 - 10 pts.
1st, 2010 ING New York City Marathon - 2:08:14 - 25 pts.
Complete WMM Series leaderboards are posted at worldmarathonmajors.com.
Boston: Jack Fleming +1 617.236.1652 ext. 2627
Boston: T.K. Skenderian +1 617.778.1632
London: Nicola Okey + 44 207.902.0182
Berlin: Thomas Steffens + 49 171.933.4836
Chicago: Robin Monsky +1 312.992.6630
New York: Richard Finn +1 212.423.2229