Boston winner undecided on fall race

Updated: April 17, 2007, 6:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Boston Marathon winner Robert Cheruiyot has not decided what race to run this fall, when he'll try to extend his winning streak to four and clinch the World Marathon Majors title.

"Maybe I'll go back to Chicago," Cheruiyot said Tuesday, a day after winning Boston for the third time. "Chicago or New York, I've not yet decided myself."

Cheruiyot is the 2006 Chicago champion, and runners traditionally return to defend their titles. He did that in Boston, winning in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 13 seconds on Monday to improve to 3-for-3 on the World Marathon Majors circuit.

That translates to 75 points in the race for the bonus -- a commanding lead over three runners in Sunday's London field who have 25 points apiece: Haile Gebrselassie, Felix Limo and Marilson Gomes dos Santos. A victory there would be worth 25 points and enough to stay in contention heading into the fall marathons.

"It would be a mistake to dismiss champions like Haile and Felix," said Mary Wittenberg, director of the New York Marathon. "(But) Robert can now look beyond today's win and the possibility of a perfect score of four wins in four starts with another victory this fall."

Stephen Kiogora is also in second but has already run his spring marathon, finishing third in Boston on Monday. Because of the toll taken by the marathon, runners usually compete in just two per year, though it is possible someone could run in the world championships in Osaka, Japan, in August and then again in New York in November.

For the first time this year, the winner of the circuit will receive a $500,000 bonus.

Latvia's Jelena Prokopcuka, who earned her second straight second place in Boston on Monday to go with a victory in New York last fall, leads the women with 55 points. Rita Jeptoo, the 2006 Boston winner, is second with 35 points and Berhane Adere is third with 30 and a chance for more in London on Sunday.

"The chase is definitely on with the women," Wittenberg said. "It is anybody's ball game at this point."

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