The Star (Nairobi)

22 November 2012

Kenya: Mary Keitany Makes History With Women's Majors Victory

London Marathon champion, Mary Keitany, becomes the first Kenyan woman to be declared a World Marathon Major jackpot winner following the cancellation of the New York Marathon.

With Geoffrey Mutai having already wrapped up the two-year cycle competition following his victory in Berlin in September, this also marks the first time that a single nation has scooped the WMM double since its inception in 2006.

"The World Marathon Majors announced that Kenyans Geoffrey Mutai and Mary Keitany are the champions of the 2011-2012 World Marathon Majors Series. With the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, the 2011-2012 Series has concluded and there will be no additional points awarded," a statement from the series that incorporates the Big Five marathons of London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago and

New York in addition to the Olympics and World Championship races in the year they occur stated. Mutai had already secured the Series title in advance of the New York race with 75 points tallied in winning the 2011 Boston Marathon, the 2011 ING New York City Marathon, and the 2012 BMW Berlin Marathon.

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