Battle Heats Up For Women’s Marathon Series Points

With her recent win at Worlds, Edna Kiplagat has a chance to win the World Marathon Majors Series. Photo: PhotoRun.net

It’s now Edna Kiplagat versus Liliya Shobukhova.

Written by: David Monti

(c) 2011 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

With her recent win at Worlds, Edna Kiplagat has a chance to win the World Marathon Majors Series. Photo: PhotoRun.net

DAEGU — With her victory in the World Championships marathon here today, Kenya’s Edna Kiplagat is now threatening Russia’s Liliya Shobukhova for the overall points title in the 2010/2011 World Marathon Majors series and the $500,000 winner-take-all prize.

Shobukhova, who won the 2010 Virgin London and Bank of America Chicago Marathons, now has 65 points, five more than Kiplagat. Both women have scheduled fall marathons (Chicago for Shobukhova and New York for Kiplagat).

Because Shobukhova was second at this year’s Virgin London Marathon and Kiplagat third, she would win any tie. Therefore, Kiplagat needs at least six more points than Shobukhova to win. So, should both Shobukhova and Kiplagat win their respective fall marathons, Shobukhova will once again be the series champion. However, if Shobukhova does not win in Chicago and Kiplagat wins in New York, Kiplagat wins the series with 85 points to Shobukhova’s 80 or fewer.

The World Marathon Majors is an alliance of five commercial marathons –BMW Berlin, Boston, Bank of America Chicago, ING New York City, and Virgin London– which includes the marathons of the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games when they occur. Series winners are determined by point totals scored over a two-year period.

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