Ethiopia's marathon runner Tsegaye Kebede finished second at Sunday's ING New York City Marathon finishing in 2:09:16 after Kenya's Geoffrey Mutai. He won $60,000 for the race and clinched the 2012-13 World Marathon Majors title, earning additional $500,000 prize money.
"It is not easy to win the World Marathon Majors, but this is my dream," Kebede said.
Tsegaye finished in first place for the 2012-13 World Marathon Major with a total point of 75. Five big-city marathons--in London, Boston, Berlin, Chicago, and New York--plus the Olympic Games and IAAF World Championships make up the 2012-2013 World Marathon Majors series, in which professional athletes vie for points over a two-season cycle leading to a grand, winner-take-all prize of $500,000 for the top man and top woman.
Results from the Tokyo Marathon, which joined the group this year, will begin to count for the prize in the 2013-2014 series. Points are awarded to the top 5 male and female finishers (1st 25; 2nd 15; 3rd 10; 4th 5 and 5th 1) in the races over a two-year period. The leader at the end of the series is awarded US$500 000.
Tsegaye became the first man to place in the top five of three WMM races in a single year. In April he won the London Marathon and in August was fourth at the World Championships.
He has also scored in at least two WMM events per year for a record five consecutive years.
Tsegaye has finished in the top three of a WMM event 10 times, equaling the modern record of Martin Lel. His total point score of 181 is the best since WMM competition began in 2006.
Tsegaye has recorded 14 marathon times under 2 hours 10 minutes, tying him with Jaouad Gharib for the best total ever.