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Women's World Marathon Majors Series Champions' Race Will Come Down to Last Race of the Season

 

For the second consecutive year, the World Marathon Majors Series women's champions race will come down to the final race of the season at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, with three women still in contention for the $500,000 WMM champion's purse.

 

Reigning WMM Series champion Gete Wami of Ethiopia (65 points), Irina Mikitenko of Germany (65 pts) and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya (41 pts) are all in the hunt for the women's title. Both Wami and Ndereba will be fighting it out on the New York City streets while Mikitenko, who won the Berlin Marathon last month, will be watchingliterallyfrom the sidelines and hoping that things work out her way.

 

Martin Lel of Kenya (76 points) clinched the men's crown and $500,000 prize with victories at the 2007 and 2008 Flora London Marathon and last year's ING New York City Marathon. Only last year's WMM Series champion, Lel's compatriot Robert K. Cheruiyot (55 pts) had a chance of overtaking Lel, but a nagging leg injury forced him to sit out the fall season.

 

Lel and the women's champion will be honored at a special luncheon in New York City on Monday, November 3, the day after the ING New York City Marathon.

 

The 2007-08 women's WMM Series champion will be won by Wami, Ndereba or Mikitenko.

 

1) Wami holds her own destiny in her hands and can wrap up the championship for the second consecutive year, regardless of what Ndereba does, by finishing first or second in New York. Wami has already scored in the maximum four events so only by finishing first or second can she add to her point total. Wami finished second at New York last year in a tight duel with Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, who is returning to defend her title.

 

2) Ndereba can only win the Series crown by placing first in the ING New York City Marathon, and then hoping that Wami does not finish in second place. If that happens, Ndereba would have 66 points and would beat Wami by a single point. A victory by Ndereba in NYC would be her first ING New York City Marathon title.

 

3) Mikitenko can only win if Wami does not finish in first or second place in the ING New York City Marathon and Ndereba also does not win the race. That would leave a tie between Mikitenko and Wami each with 65 points. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head and that is knotted at 1-1. Wami beat Mikitenko in Berlin 2007 and Mikitenko beat Wami in London 2008. The next and ultimate tiebreaker is a vote by the WMM race directors, whichif necessarywould be conducted immediately after the conclusion of the New York race.

 

Complete WMM Series leaderboards can be found at: WorldMarathonMajors.com .

 

Universal Sports to Offer Live Coverage of ING New York City Marathon

 

Universal Sports, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will present live webcast coverage of the 2008 ING New York City Marathon (coverage begins at 8:45am ET) on Sunday, November 2 at UniversalSports.com . The ING New York City Marathon webcast will be available worldwide and free to all viewers.

 

In addition to the webcast, viewers can watch a live TV broadcast of the ING New York City Marathon on the Universal Sports Network, a 24-hour television channel available to 30 million households including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Hartford/New Haven, Omaha (Neb.), Las Vegas and Reno (Nev.). Universal Sports is home to the World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York City) and includes a special marathon section updated with news, photos, results and more on UniversalSports.com . Universal Sports is the preeminent year-round multi-platform destination of Olympic and lifestyle sports. Check your local listings to see if Universal Sports is available in your area. If not available, call your local cable or satellite provider to request.

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