Defending champions seek Boston repeat as Series X concludes
Veteran champions will lead an impressive professional field April 17 in Boston, at the conclusion of Abbott World Marathon Majors Series X of the 11-year-old 'grand slam' of marathon running, in which male and female athletes score points for their finishing positions at six of the best-known big city marathons in the world, plus those held at World Championships and Olympic or Paralympic Games.
With just one race to go, the AbbottWMM Series X women's title is up for grabs as Eliud Kipchoge, Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden have clinched, respectively, the men's, men's wheelchair and women's wheelchair Series X crowns.
2016 Boston defending champions Atsede Baysa, Lemi Berhanu Hayle, Marcel Hug and Tatyana McFadden lead a strong, star-studded group, evidenced by the more than 20 AbbottWMM wins among the wheelchair athletes and runners taking on the notoriously testing course from Hopkinton to Boylston Street.
Ethiopian Baysa currently has 25 AbbottWMM points from her 2016 victory, which kick-started the eight-race Series X campaign 12 months ago. She could be in a position to claim an AbbottWMM title if she wins on Monday, putting her in a tie with Jemima Sumgong.
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