ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES XI CHAMPIONS

Eliud Kipchoge at the London Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge

Nation Kenya
Birthday November 5 1984
Personal Best 2:03:05 (London 2016)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Apr 22 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:04:17
Sep 24 2017 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 2:03:32
Aug 21 2016 Olympic Games Marathon, Rio de Janeiro 1st 2:08:44
Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:03:05
Sep 27 2015 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 2:04:00
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:04:42
Oct 12 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 2:04:11
Sep 29 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 2nd 2:04:05

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XI 1st 50pts
Series X 1st 50pts
Series IX 1st 50pts
Series VIII 6th 40pts
Series VII 13th 15pts

Additional Career Highlights

Apr 13 2014 ABN AMRO Marathon, Rotterdam 1st 2:05:00
Apr 21 2013 Haspa Marathon Hamburg 1st 2:05:30

Career notes

Eliud Kipchoge is the first man to win three Abbott World Marathon Majors Series titles. The Kenyan claimed his third crown with victory at the 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon, adding to his win in the 2017 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON during this series. He is also still reigning Olympic Marathon champion following his gold in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

He is only the second Kenyan man to win Olympic gold, following former WMM winner Sammy Wanjiru who triumphed in Beijing in 2008.

He ran the second fastest marathon in history with a course record 2:03:05 at the 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon. En route he set a 30km world record of 1:27:14. Kipchoge is also the first man to win seven consecutive Majors races. In 2015 Kipchoge's 4:08:42 total was the fastest one-year double on record-quality courses. In his first eight marathons, his only loss came when he was second behind Wilson Kipsang's world record at the 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.

Kipchoge produced an incredible upset at the 2003 IAAF World Championships, when at the age of 18 he won the 5000 metres gold medal, defeating two legends, Kenenisa Bekele and Hicham el Guerrouj.

Personal notes

Kipchoge was born in Kapsisiywa, in the Nandi District in Kenya where his parents were farmers. He still lives mainly in Kapsisiywa. He trains at the Global Sports camp in Kaptagat but is based in Nijmegen, Netherlands, during track season. Kipchoge has a daughter, Lynne Jebet, born in 2006, and two sons.

Edna Kiplagat celebrates winning the 2013 IAAF World Championships marathon

Mary Keitany

Nation Kenya
Birthday January 18 1982
Personal Best 2:17:01 (London 2017)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Nov 5 2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2nd 2:27:54
Apr 23 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:17:01
Nov 6 2016 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 2:24:26
Nov 1 2015 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 2:24:25
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:23:40
Nov 2 2014 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 2:25:07
Aug 5 2012 London, Olympic Games Marathon 4th 2:23:56
Apr 22 2012 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:18:37
Nov 6 2011 TCS New York City Marathon 3rd 2:23:38
Apr 17 2011 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:19:19
Nov 7 2010 TCS New York City Marathon 3rd 2:29:01

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XI 1st 41pts
Series X 4th 25pts
Series IX 1st 41pts
Series VIII 10th 25pts
Series VII 7th 30pts
Series VI 1st 65pts
Series V 2nd 45pts

Additional Career Highlights

Mar 21 2010 Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:25:38

Career notes

Keitany broke Paula Radcliffe’s women-only world record in London in 2017 when claiming her third victory there in an African record 2:17:01.

In 2018 the 36-year-old ran with male pacemakers in an attempt to lower the Briton’s 15-year-old ‘mixed race’ record of 2:15:25 in 2018. But the heat of the day proved too much for the Kenyan as she faded to fifth place.

Keitany won the New York Marathon for a third time in November 2016 but had to settle for second in the Big Apple last November when she was beaten by USA’s Shalane Flanagan.

Keitany has a superb record in London, placing first three times, second once and ninth in 2016 when she was sick before the start and a faller during the race. It was her slowest ever marathon and meant she missed out on a shot at Olympic gold in Rio.

Her first appearance in London came in 2011 when she produced a brilliant victory in a time only Paula Radcliffe had ever beaten on the London course. The then 29-year-old strode home in 2:19:19 to move alongside Irina Mikitenko as the fourth fastest in history.

She defended her title 12 months later in even more impressive style, leading five Kenyans home – the first medal sweep in the women’s race – in 2:18:37 to take Catherine Ndereba’s Kenyan and African record and rise to second on the all-time list. She relinquished her 100% record on the London course in 2015 when she lost touch with Tigist Tufa over the last three miles.

Keitany was third on her marathon debut in New York City in 2010 in 2:29:01. She returned to New York in November 2011 seemingly in pursuit of the world record. She swept through half way up on Radcliffe’s pace only to fade over the final 10km and finish third for a second time.

She pulled off a second second stunning London victory in 2012, but there was disappointment for Keitany in the British capital that summer when she missed out on an Olympic medal by less than half a minute. She finished fourth in 2:23:56.

She skipped the 2013 season to have her second child but made a spectacular return to competition in 2014 and finally clinched the New York title that November in 2:25:07 and retained the title in 2015 and 2016 with virtually identical times.

She was a firm favourite to win her fourth in a row last November and looked set to achieve that feat until Flanagan broke clear with just two miles to go.

She has won six of her 10 marathons to date and has only once placed lower than fourth. She was World Marathon Majors champion in 2011/12 and 2015/16.

Personal notes

Her full name is Mary Jepkosgei Keitany. She married Kenyan athlete Charles Koech on 31 December 2011. Her husband has run 61:27 for the half marathon. They have a son Jared Kipchumba, born in June 2008, and a daughter, Samantha, born in April 2013.

She trains in Iten and is coached by Gabriele Nicola.

Manuela Schär wins the 2017 TCS New York City Marathon

Manuela Schär

Nation Switzerland
Birthday December 5, 1984
Personal Best 1:28:17 (Boston 2017)

Abbott World Marathon Major Highlights

Feb 28 2018 Tokyo Marathon 1st 1:43:25
Nov 5 2017 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:48:09
Oct 8 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 3rd 1:39:17
Sep 24 2017 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:40:05
Apr 23 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:39:57
Apr 15 2017 Boston Marathon 1st 1:28:17
Feb 26 2017 Tokyo Marathon 2nd 1:43:27
Nov 6 2016 TCS New York City Marathon 2nd 1:49:28
Sep 25 2016 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:43:00
Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 1:44:15
Apr 18 2016 Boston Marathon 2nd 1:43:30
Nov 1 2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2nd 1:44:57
Oct 11 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 1:41:56
April 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon (Also IPC World Championships race) 2nd 1:43:56
Nov 2 2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2nd 1:46:44
Oct 12 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 1:45:12
Apr 13 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 1:46:44
Apr 21 2014 Boston Marathon 4th 1:39:29
Nov 3 2013 TCS New York City Marathon 3rd 2:03:52
Oct 13 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 1:42:37
Sep 29 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:41:39
Jul 29 2013 IPC Athletics World Championship Marathon, Lyon 1st 1:49:45

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XI 1st 100pts
Series X 2nd 98pts

Career notes

Schär went one better than Series X to take the Series XI title in fine fashion with four wins to giv her a maximum possible 100 points.

The 33-yar-old won the world marathon title in 2013 and became the joint official world record holder when she clocked 1:38:07 in Oita later that year. Last year she became the fastest woman wheelchair racer in history when she clocked 1:28:17 in Boston, beating the previous best by almost six minutes. Six days later she smashed the London course record to end a string of second places.

She went on to win the Berlin title for a third time. Schär was third in Chicago in October 2017, clinched 
her first New York title in November and won the Tokyo Marathon in February this year to establish an unassailable lead in the Abbott World Marathon Majors standings.

She was second at the 2015 World Championships and sixth at the Rio Paralympics. She won three track silvers at the 2013 World Championships and won 200m silver at London 2017. She has a 200m silver and two bronze medals from Paralympics. She is the European record holder at 200m, 400m and 800m and won four gold medals at the 2014 European Championships.

Personal notes

She grew up in Altishofen with her brother, Ivo, and parents, Elisabeth and Ireno. She was injured in an accident in 1993 and started wheelchair sport in 1998 aged 14. She lives in Lucerne where she was born and is an ambassador for Right To Play Switzerland which helps children in disadvantaged countries take part in sport. Her surname means ‘scissors’ in English.

Marcel Hug celebrates victory

Marcel Hug

Nation Switzerland
Birthday Jan 16, 1986
Personal Best 1:20:52 (Seoul 2013)

Abbott World Marathon Major Highlights

Apr 22 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 1:31:15
Apr 16 2018 Boston Marathon 1st 1:46:26
Nov 5 2017 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:37:21
Oct 8 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:29:23
Sep 24 2017 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:29:03
Apr 23 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 1:31:07
Apr 17 2017 Boston Marathon 1st 1:18:04
Feb 26 2017 Tokyo Marathon 2nd 1:28:01
Nov 6 2016 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:35:49
Oct 9 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:32:57
Sept 26 2016 BMW BERLIN MARATHON 1st 1:41:14
Sept 18 2016 Paralympic Games Marathon 1st 1:26:16
Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:35:24
Apr 18 2016 Boston Marathon 1st 1:24:06
Nov 1 2015 TCS New York City Marathon 3rd 1:34:05
Oct 11 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 1:30:48
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:41:14

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XI 1st 100pts
Series X 1st 125pts

Career notes

Hug is the most successful male wheelchair marathon athlete of modern times. He is the reigning Paralympic and World Marathon Majors champion.

He won every AbbottWMM race in 2016 but was narrowly beaten by Japan’s Sho Watanabe in Tokyo last February but bounced back in Boston last April, when he clocked the fastest time in history to claim Series X. He was just beaten by David Weir in London six days later before winning in Berlin, Chicago and New York last autumn to surge ahead in the Series XI standings.

He missed out on competing in Tokyo after his flight from Zurich was turned around, but got back to winning ways in the bitterly cold conditions in Boston in April. He missed out on concluding his second triumphant series with a win after narrrowly losing a sprint to Weir again in London in 2018.

He won his first London crown in 2014 but was forced to drop out in 2015 on Tower Bridge, when he relinquished his world title. At the 2011 World Championships he won the 10,000m title and he added World golds at 400m, 1500m, 5000m and marathon in 2013. He won silver and bronze at the 2015 Doha Worlds having taken three golds at the 2014 Europeans, and clinched another triple at the London 2017 World Championships in the 800m, 1500m and 5000m. He won 800m and marathon titles in Rio, plus silvers at 1500m and 5000m.

Personal notes

Hug was born with spina bifida and grew up on a farm in Pfyn, Thurgau. He is the youngest of four brothers and started competing at 10. Nicknamed the ‘Silver Bullet’ due to his helmet, he is coached by Paul Odermatt.

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