New ways to break a tie for marathon bonuses
BOSTON -- The World Marathon Majors, a points race that awards $1 million in prize money to the world's top man and woman at the 26.2-mile distance, has adopted a system of tiebreakers in case two runners finish the two-year cycle all even.
Starting with the 2010 prize, the runner with the best head-to-head record in qualifying races during the period would be crowned the winner. If it's still a tie, the athlete who achieved his or her points in the fewest races would win, with subsequent tiebreakers being: the person who won the most qualifying races, the one with the fastest average time in scoring races, and a vote of the race directors.
The directors of races in Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York could also declare joint winners.
Irina Mikitenko of Germany won the $500,000 women's bonus this year after a vote by World Marathon Majors race directors to break the tie between her and Ethiopia's Gete Wami. Kenya's Martin Lel won the men's title.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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