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Posted: September 20, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: Gebrselassie and Habtamu triumph in World Marathon Majors race

The Ethiopian duo of Haile Gebrselassie and Atsede Habtamu earned maximum points in the World Marathon Majors (WMM) rankings with their double success in the real,- BERLIN MARATHON. While Gebrselassie achieved his fourth victory in a WMM race, Habtamu completed a dream debut: on her very first appearance in a WMM event she collected 25 points.

The points earned by Gebrselassie and Habtamu will not have a significant impact on who will be the overall champions for the current 2008-09 season. Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya) and Irina Mikitenko (Germany) have built up too big a lead in the rankings. But it's a different matter as far as the standings for 2009 -- 2010 are concerned.

The real,-BERLIN-MARATHON once again lived up to its reputation for top-class results. Haile Gebrselassie won in 2:06:08 to move up to second in 2008 -- 2009 rankings. The Kenyan Francis Kiprop collected 15 points for second place after a world-class run of 2:07:04. Here in detail is what the leading results from the real,-BERLIN-MARATHON mean in terms of WMM points:

1. Haile Gebrselassie ETH 25 Points 2:06:08
2. Francis Kiprop KEN 15 2:07:04
3. Negari Terfa ETH 10 2:07:41
4. Dereje Debele Tulu ETH 5 2:09:41
5. Alfred Kering KEN 1 2:09:52
1. Atsede Habtamu ETH 25 Points 2:24: 47
2. Silvia Skvortsova RUS 15 2:26: 24
3. Mamitu Daska ETH 10 2:26:38
4. Rosaria Console ITA 5 2:26:45
5. Genet Getaneh ETH 1 2:27:09

Two races remain in the WMM Series for 2008 -- 2009 following the real,- BERLIN-MARATHON: the Bank of America Chicago Marathon on October 11 and the ING New York City Marathon on November 1.

The Boston Marathon and the Virgin London Marathon complete the World Marathon Majors schedule and take place in April.

The Olympic champion Sammy Wanjiru (Kenya) leads the men's rankings for the 2008 -- 2009 Series with 65 points from Haile Gebrselassie (50). Irina Mikitenko (Germany) has already achieved the maximum total of 75 points from three races and has a clear lead over Dire Tune (Ethiopia/40) in the women's competition. Mikitenko is on course to become the first woman athlete to win a WMM Series twice in succession, having already won the 2007 -- 2008 edition.

WMM Standings for 2009 -- 2010 to date:

1. Samuel Wanjiru KEN 65 Points
2. Haile Gebrselassie ETH 50
3. Tsegaye Kebede ETH 35
4. Deribe Merga ETH 30
5. Emmanuel Mutai KEN 26
Martin Lel KEN 26
Robert K. Cheruiyot KEN 26

1. Irina Mikitenko GER 75 Points
2. Dire Tune ETH 40
3. Salina Kosgei KEN 30
Alvetina Biktimirova RUS 30
Constantina Dita ROM 30
6. Xue Bai CHI 25
Lidiya Grigoryeva RUS 25
Paula Radcliffe GBR 25
Atsede Besuye ETH 25

The full standings for the 2008 -- 2009 and 2009 -- 2010 series as well as further information about the World Marathon Majors and participating athletes are available from:

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