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ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES XII CHAMPIONS

Eliud Kipchoge at the BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Eliud Kipchoge

Nation Kenya
Birthday November 5, 1984
Personal Best 2:01:39 (Berlin 2018)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Apr 28 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:02:37
Sep 16 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 2:01:39
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 XII 1st 50pts
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 four Abbott World Marathon Majors Series titles. 

The Kenyan claimed his fourth consecutive crown with victory at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon, adding to his triumph in the 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON during this series, where he broke the world record. Kipchoge clocked 2:01:39 in Berlin to become the first man to run under 2:02:00 on a certified course. 

The reigning Olympic champion’s time of 2:02:37 at the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon is the third fastest time on record, bettered only by his own world record and the 2:01:41 run by Kenenisa Bekele at the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.

Of the 13 marathons he has run, Kipchoge’s only loss came when he was second behind Wilson Kipsang's world record at the 2013 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON.

In October 2019 Kipchoge ran 1:59:40 in Vienna in the INEOS 1:59 challenge, an event designed to help the Kenyan break the two-hour marathon barrier. Due to the conditions under which he achieved the time it is not recognised as an official world record.

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.

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya celebrates winning the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon

Brigid Kosgei

Nation Kenya
Birthday February 20, 1994
Personal Best 2:14:204 (Chicago 2019)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Oct 13 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 2:14:04
Apr 28 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:18:20
Oct 7 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 2:18:35
Apr 22 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:20:13
Oct 8 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:20:22
Apr 17 2017 Boston Marathon 8th 2:31:48

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XII 1st 50pts
Series XI 3rd 32pts

Additional Career Highlights

Dec 10 2017 Honolulu Marathon 1st 2:22.14
Dec 11 2016 Honolulu Marathon 1st 2:31:11
Oct 2 2016 Lisbon Marathon 2nd 2:24:45
Apr 3 2016 Milan City Marathon 1st 2:27:45
Dec 8 2016 Porto Marathon 1st 2:47:59

Career notes

Brigid Kosgei won her first Abbott World Marathon Majors series crown with victories at the 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon and the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon.

She began her defense of her title with a stunning new world record when she returned to Chicago in October 2019, taking over a minute off Paula Radcliffe's previous mark with a time of 2:14:04.

Kosgei had a string of podium finishes to her name before eventually taking first place in an AbbottWMM race with her Chicago victory.

She followed that up with a personal best 2:18:20 in London to become the youngest woman to win the event. 2019 also saw her win the prestigious Peachtree 10km road race in the United States before setting a new world best in the Great North Run half marathon in the UK of 1:04:28.

Since transitioning to the marathon distance in 2015, Kosgei has finished first or second in all but one of her ten 26.2-mile races.

Personal notes

Her full name is Brigid Jepcheschir Kosgei. She is married to Mathew Mitei and they have a three-year-old daughter called Faith Jepchumba. 

Manuela Schär wins the 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON

Manuela Schär

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

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Nov 3 2019 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:44:20
Oct 13 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:41:08
Sep 29 2019 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:38:07
Apr 29 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:44:09
Apr 15 2019 Boston Marathon 1st 1:34:19
Mar 1 2019 Tokyo Marathon 1st 1:46:57
Nov 3 2018 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:50:27
Oct 7 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:41:38
Sep 15 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 1st 1:36:53
Apr 29 2018 Virgin Money London Marathon 4th 1:43:01
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 Champs) 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 World Championship Marathon, Lyon 1st 1:49:45

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XII 1st 124pts
Series XI 1st 100pts
Series X 2nd 98pts

Career notes

Manuela Schär created history in Series XII when she swept the board with seven victories from seven races to claim her second straight series title.

She began the series with a new world record in Berlin of 1:36:53 and proved unbeatable for the next 12 months. The Swiss star also collected a maximum three bonus point wins – a new innovation for Series XII that awarded eight points to the athlete past a fixed point on each course or through a defined segment in the fastest time.

Schär’s toughest challenge in the series came from her long-time rival Tatyana McFadden when the two battled for much of the course at the 2018 TCS New York City Marathon, only for Schär to pull away in the final mile.

The only event she had not won prior to Series XII was the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, which she claimed with ease in October 2018.

After refocusing on the marathon following the 2012 Paralympics, the 34-year-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. In 2017 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 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 world record holder at 800m, 5000m 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.

Daniel Romanchuk celebrates victory

Daniel Romanchuk

Nation United States
Birthday Aug 3, 1998
Personal Best 1:21:36 (Boston 2019)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Nov 3 2019 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:37:24
Oct 13 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:30:26
Apr 29 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:33:38
Apr 16 2019 Boston Marathon 1st 1:21:36
Mar 1 2019 Tokyo Marathon 2nd 1:34:25
Nov 3 2018 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:36:21
Oct 7 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:31:34
Sep 15 2018 BMW BERLIN-MARATHON 5th 1:29:45

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series XII 1st 124pts
Series XI 8th 18pts

Career notes

Daniel Romanchuk won his first Series after a stunning breakthrough season in AbbottWMM races. 

After missing out on a podium spot in the opening race of the season in Berlin in 2018, he then won back to back marathons in Chicago and New York City to rocket to the top of the leaderboard.

A second place in Tokyo was followed by victories in Boston (His Boston win came with  a new personal best of 1:21:36) and London to bring the 21-year-old the title that had belonged to Switzerland’s Marcel Hugh for the previous two years.

Romanchuk also collected a maximum three bonus-point wins during the season.

In 2019, he grabbed headlines when he demolished the Peachtree 10K course record, turning in a time of 18:11 (2:56/mile). 

Romanchuk competed in five events at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games (100m, 400m, 800m, 1500m and 5000m); his best finish was seventh in the 800m. He raced in the 800m and 1500m at the 2015 World Championships, and he took home a gold in the 5000m at the 2015 ParaPan American Games in Toronto. 

He won gold in the 800m ParaAtheltics World Championships in Dubai in November 2019.

Personal notes

Romanchuk, originally from Maryland, began his sporting career with the Bennett Blazers adaptive sports program. He is now a member of the famed University of Illinois wheelchair sports program, where he trains alongside Series X women’s wheelchair champion and multi-Olympic gold medalist Tatyana McFadden and a host of other world class wheelchair athletes.

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