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Roberto Kiprono Cheruiyot sets Boston Marathon course record; Teyba Erkesso holds on for victory in the women's race

BOSTON, April 19, 2010�Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot of Kenya ran away from the field to set the Boston Marathon course record, and Teyba Erkesso of Ethiopia won by just three seconds in a thrilling women's finish, as the 2009–10 World Marathon Majors series resumed on a sun-splashed Patriots' Day.

Cheruiyot ran the course in a blistering 2 hours, 5 minutes, and 52 seconds, besting the mark of 2:07:14 set by Robert Kipkoech Cheruiyot (no relation), also of Kenya, in 2006. Ethiopia's Tekeste Kebede finished second, 91 seconds behind Cheruiyot, and defending champion Deriba Merga, also of Ethiopia, took third in 2:08.39.

U.S. Olympian Ryan Hall and 2009 ING New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi, both of Mammoth Lakes, CA, made a strong showing for the United States by finishing fourth and fifth. Hall's time of 2:08:41 is the fastest ever by an American at Boston, eclipsing Bob Kempainen's 2:08:47 from 1994. Keflezighi clocked 2:09:26.

Erkesso made a break near the halfway point and had built a lead of more than two minutes late in the race, but Tatyana Pushkareva of Russia pulled close in the final mile. Erkesso held on to win in 2 hours, 26 minutes, and 11 seconds, just three seconds ahead of Pushkareva. Defending champion Salina Kosgei of Kenya out-sprinted Waynishet Girma of Ethiopia for third place.

The World Marathon Majors series will resume next week at the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday, April 25. The the season will continue with the real,- Berlin Marathon on Sunday, September 26, and the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 10, and will conclude with the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 7.

The World Marathon Majors points races have tightened up with the addition of the Boston results. The current 2009–2010 standings are:

Men
Place Name Country Point Total
1 Samuel Wanjiru KEN 50
2 Deriba Merga ETH 35
3 Meb Keflezighi USA 26
3 Robert Kiprono Cheruiyot KEN 26
5 Abel Kirui KEN 25
5 Haile Gebrselassie ETH 25
5 Tsegaye Kebede ETH 25

Women
Place Name Country Point Total
1 Irina Mikitenko GER 40
2 Salina Kosgei KEN 36
3 Liliya Shobukhova RUS 35
4 Teyba Erkesso ETH 30
5 Derartu Tulu ETH 25
5 Atsede Habtamu ETH 25
5 Xue Bai CHN 25
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