Eliud Kipchoge, Marcel Hug, Tatyana McFadden Named Abbott World Marathon Majors Series X Champions
2017 Boston Marathon Marks End of One-Year Cycle Featuring Inaugural Wheelchair Competition
April 17, 2017 (BOSTON) -- Abbott World Marathon Majors has named as Series X champions Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Marcel Hug (SUI) and Tatyana McFadden (USA).
The athletes won the titles based on their performances, over the past 12 months, in the world's most renowned races that comprise the Abbott World Marathon Majors - the Tokyo, Boston, Virgin Money London, BWM Berlin, Bank of America Chicago, and TCS New York City Marathons - as well as the Olympic and Paralympic Marathons.
"The world's greatest marathon runners compete to win the Abbott World Marathon Majors," said Tim Hadzima, Abbott World Marathon Majors general manager. "The skills and speed of Eliud, Marcel and Tatyana are unmatched, and evident in the incredible performances they delivered this year in Series X."
"We are inspired by these amazing athletes determined to cross the finish line first and prove what's truly possible through good health," said Chris Miller, divisional vice president, global brand strategy and innovation, Abbott. "We are pleased to partner with the Abbott World Marathon Majors and celebrate all the participants who have worked so hard and achieved so much over the last year, including the men and women who competed in the first-ever AbbottWMM wheelchair series."
Hadzima joined Miller, along with Tad Hayano, Tokyo Marathon race director; Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association CEO; Carey Pinkowksi, Bank of America Chicago Marathon executive race director; and Peter Ciaccia, New York Road Runners president, events and TCS New York City Marathon race director at an awards ceremony today in Boston to honor the Series X champions.
AbbottWMM will name a Series X women's champion once the doping investigation, and any potential appeal process, is complete for Jemima Sumgong, who currently leads the Series X standings. Any athlete who has been found guilty of any anti-doping rules enforced by the IAAF, WADA, National Federations or any of the individual AbbottWMM races is not eligible to win an AbbottWMM Series title.
*Click here to view the AbbottWMM Series X final standings