ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS SERIES X CHAMPIONS

Eliud Kipchoge at the Berlin Marathon

Eliud Kipchoge

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

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

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 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 2016 Olympic Games marathon champion. The Kenyan overcame wet and muggy conditions on the final day of the Games to beat the best of the rest of the world in 2:08:44.

He is only the second Kenyan man to win Olympic gold, following former WMM winner Sammy Wanjiru who triumphed in Beijing in 2008. After Jemima Sumgong’s thrilling victory in the women’s race a week earlier, Kipchoge cemented Kenya’s place in Olympic history as the first nation to win both marathon titles at the same Games.

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 the first man to win four consecutive Majors. 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

Edna Kiplagat

Nation Kenya
Birthday November 15 1979
Personal Best 2:19:50 (London 2012)

Abbott World Marathon Majors Highlights

Nov 5 2017 TCS New York City Marathon 4th 2:29:36
Aug 6 2017 IAAF World Championship Marathon 2nd 2:27:18
Apr 17 2017 Boston Marathon 1st 2:21:52
Oct 9 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:23:28
Feb 28 2016 Tokyo Marathon 3rd 2:22:36
Aug 30 2015 IAAF World Championship Marathon 5th 2:28:18
Apr 13 2014 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 2:20:21
Aug 10 2013 IAAF World Championship Marathon 1st 2:25:44
Apr 21 2013 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:21:32
Apr 22 2012 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:19:50
Aug 27 2011 IAAF World Championship Marathon 1st 2:28:43
Apr 17 2011 Virgin Money London Marathon 2nd 2:20:46
Nov 7 2010 New York City Marathon 1st 2:28:20
Mar 21 2010 Los Angeles Marathon 1st 2:25:38

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series X 1st 41pts
Series IX 13th 10pts
Series VIII 1st 65pts
Series VII 3rd 55pts
Series VI 2nd 55pts
Series V 1st 65pts
Series IV =7th 25pts

Additional Career Highlights

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

Career notes

Edna Kiplagat is one of the most consistent and successful performers on the global marathon stage with two world marathon titles to her name. Kiplagat's Series X title is her third Abbott World Marathon Majors championship victory.

In more than 10 years competing over the distance she has won marathons in New York City (2010), London (2014), Boston (2017) and Los Angeles (2010), and triumphed at the 2011 and 2013 IAAF World Championships. She is the only woman ever to retain the world crown and only the second (after Catherine Ndereba) to win the title twice.

Of her 19 career marathons she has made the podium 12 times and only placed outside the top five on five occasions. As well as becoming the women’s Majors champion for Series V, Series VIII and Series X, she also finished second in the overall standings in Series VI and third in Series VII.

The only blemish in her otherwise glittering career came at the London 2012 Olympics when she finished 19th.

Personal notes

Edna Kiplagat is married to marathon runner Gilbert Koech, who is also her coach. They have five children, two of their own, two adopted from Edna’s sister who died of breast cancer in 2003, and one adopted from a neighbour who died in childbirth in 2013. She established the Edna Kiplagat Foundation in 2013 to raise awareness of breast cancer. Her full name is Edna Ngeringwony Kiplagat and she holds the ranks of inspector in the Kenyan police force.

Tatyana McFadden wins the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon

Tatyana McFadden

Nation United States
Birthday April 21, 1989
Personal Best 1:35:06 (Boston 2014)

Abbott World Marathon Major Highlights

Nov 6 2016 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:47:43
Oct 9 2016 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:42:28
Sept 18 2016 Paralympic Games Marathon 2nd 1:38:44
Apr 24 2016 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:44:14
Apr 18 2016 Boston Marathon 1st 1:42:16
Feb 28 2016 Tokyo Marathon 2nd 1:41:14
Nov 1 2015 TCS New York City Marathon 1st 1:43:04
Oct 11 2015 Bank of America Chicago Marathon 1st 1:41:10
Apr 26 2015 Virgin Money London Marathon 1st 1:41:14

Abbott World Marathon Majors Record

Series X 1st 116pts

Career notes

In just nine years of elite marathon racing, McFadden has taken the sport by storm and shattered countless records.  The multi-time Paralympian Tatyana McFadden has made history – four times over -- as the only athlete to ever win the London, Boston, Chicago and New York City marathons in one year.

In Series X, she won all but one of five races she entered, and in total as of April 17, 2017, she holds seven Chicago titles, five New York City and Boston titles and four London titles.

In the 2016 Paralympic games, McFadden secured gold medals in the 400, 500, 1500, and 5000-meter events. Her performance brought the most medals for a U.S. track and field athlete at a single Paralympics since 1992. She was presented with the Whang Youn Dai Achievement Award, which is given to the athlete who has performed at an outstanding level and defines the Paralympic spirit.  She also received the ESPY for Best Female Athlete With a Disability in 2016.

Personal notes

McFadden was born in Russia and had spina bifida.  After a delayed surgery, she was sent to a destitute orphanage, where she never had a wheelchair and learned to walk on her hands.  In 1994, she was adopted by American Debbie McFadden, who visited the orphanage as part of her job as the commissioner of disabilities for the US Health Department.

Her American family introduced her to sports, and helped overrule laws that previously did not allow wheelchair racers and able-bodied runners to compete alongside each other at the high school level in the United States.

McFadden studied human development and family studies at the University of Illinois, and now works as an advocate for people with disabilities. She has co-written a children’s book, “Ya Sama! Moments from My Life,” and has been recognized by the USOC as Paralympic Sportswoman of the Year.

Marcel Hug celebrates victory

Marcel Hug

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

Abbott World Marathon Major Highlights

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 X 1st 125pts

Career notes

Marcel Hug accumulated the most points possible in the inaugural AbbottWMM Series X Wheelchair Championship; only the provision of five race results counting towards the title has held him back from an astonishing leaderboard standing.

Until Hug took on Series X, no men’s wheelchair racer had collected more than two wins in a cycle.

His victory streak this year is nothing new, as Hug has collected multiple first-place wins in Boston, London, Berlin, Chicago and New York City in the last three years.

At this summer’s Paralympics, Hug’s fourth Games, he finally won his first Paralympic gold, taking the top spot on the podium in the 800 meters as well as the marathon. He added silvers to his resume in the 1500- and 5000-meter events. Hug owns world records in the T54 classification for 800 meters (1:31.12), 1500 meters (2:54.51), 5000 meters (9:53.05), and 10,000 meters (19:50.64).

Personal notes

Born with spina bifida, Hug earned his nickname, “The Silver Bullet,” from his record-setting racing times and his chrome-plated racing helmet.

He grew up on a farm in Switzerland with three older brothers, and began competing at age 10.  He holds a dual degree in business administration and sport, and has been a professional athlete since 2010.  Hug was honored by his hometown of Thgurau as 2016 Person of the Year.

Hug often says, “I want to be respected as an athlete instead of being admired as a person with an impairment.”

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