Kenyan Brigid Kosgei Smashes Women's World Record At Chicago Marathon

- Oct 14, 2019-

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Kenya's Brigid Kosgei won the 2019 Chicago Marathon on Sunday with at time of 2 hours 14 minutes and 4 seconds. Kosgei's time also marks a new world record marathon time.


Kenya's Brigid Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday with a time of 2 hours 14 minutes 4 seconds, breaking the previous world record by 81 seconds.

 

At 25, the Kenyan defended her title after winning last year's event, and put almost 7 minutes between herself and her competition. Both from Ethopia, Ababel Yeshaneh finished second with a time of 2:20:51 and Gelete Burka came in third at 2:20:55.

 

The previous world record time of  2:15:25 was set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in 2003 at the London Marathon.

After Kosgei broke Radcliffe's record, the two of them posed for a photo together.

 

Radcliffe says it marked a bittersweet moment for her, according to The Guardian.

 

"If you had told me when I set it in 2003, that it would last that long I wouldn't have believed it," Radcliffe said. "But I always knew this time would come — and when I saw how fast Brigid was running today I knew the record would go if she could maintain her pace."

Kosgei's world record race came just a day after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge broke the 2-hour marathon barrier with a time of 1 hour 59 minutes 40 seconds in Vienna, Austria, during an assisted event.