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World Marathon Majors Series launches in Boston: Cheruiyot and Jeptoo take WMM lead

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2006-04-18

Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot won the BAA Boston Marathon.
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The 110th Boston Marathon, held today over the celebrated course from Hopkinton to downtown Boston, was also the first event in the newly instigated World Marathon Majors Series. Comprising five events – the Boston Marathon, the Flora London Marathon, the real,-Berlin Marathon, the LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon – the series spans a two year period and offers $1,000,000 in prize money to be divided between the winning male and female competitors.

With their victories in Boston this afternoon, Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN, 2:07:14, CR) and Rita Jeptoo (KEN, 2:23:38) accumulated 25 WMM points apiece, assuming an immediate place at the top of the scoring table.

Points in the series are awarded five deep and, based on Boston’s results, the standings are as follows:

Men


1. Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (KEN) – 25 points
2. Benjamin Maiyo (KEN) – 15 points
3. Mebrahtom Keflezighi (USA) – 10 points
4. Brian Sell (USA) – 5 points
5. Alan Culpepper (USA) – 1 point


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