Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir sets sights on winning World Marathon Majors this weekend
Peres Jepchirchir is the favorite to bag the World Marathon Majors crown set to conclude this weekend with the New York race.
Jepchirchir, who is a two time World Half Marathon champion, needs a win to tie Olympic silver medalist Brigid Kosgei and Joyciline Jepkosgei, who are locked on 50 points .
Kosgei, who is the Olympic silver medalist, won the 2019 Chicago and 2020 London 2020 Marathon while Jepkosgei triumphed in New York City in 2019 and London in 2021.
In the men's category, a new overall champion will be crowned with Olympic champion and world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge not taking part.
Kipchoge has won the last four editions of the World Marathon Majors but his only victory this time round was at the Tokyo Olympics in August.
Ethiopia's Sisay Lemma currently has the advantage having amassed 34 points from his victory at the 2021 London Marathon and third place at the same venue in 2020.
Only two men can deny the Ethiopian a first AbbottWMM series crown and they are both scheduled to run the New York City Marathon.
His compatriot Kenenisa Bekele’s nine points earned at the 2021 BMW Berlin Marathon mean he can equal Lemma’s 34 points if he wins in the Big Apple.
Belgium’s Abdi Nageeye finished second in the Olympic Marathon and could overtake Lemma if he registers his first Abbott WMM victory this weekend.
Should Bekele triumph, there is no head-to-head contest during the series between the two Ethiopians, so the six race directors of the Majors would each have a vote to decide the champion.
If neither Bekele nor Nageye make the top two, Kenyan pair Vincent Kipchumba and Lawrence Cherono will claim second and third respectively.
Kipchumba bagged the Vienna and Amsterdam marathons in 2019, clocking 2:06:56 and 2:05:09 and finished second in the London in 2020, where he posted 2:05:42 before registering 2:04:28 in 2021.
Cherono clinched the Boston and Chicago marathons in 2019 ,posting 2:07:57 and 2:05:45 respectively and came home second in the Valencia marathon in 2020 in a time of 2:03:04.
posted Wednesday November 3rd
by William Njuguna