Kenya's Brigid Kosgei sets new world record at Chicago Marathon
Monday, October 14, 2019
Yesterday, Kenya won the and broke the long-standing marathon for women competing in mixed-sex marathons. Kosgei was the Chicago Marathon defending champion. Countryman won the men's division. The race was held in the United States city of Chicago, Illinois.of
In setting the new record, Kosgei finished more than six minutes ahead of her competition, completing the race in 2:14:04. This was 81 seconds faster than's mixed-sex mark set at the . The women-only record of 2:17:01, held by also from Kenya, remained intact. The distinction between the two records is the use of male .
"I was not expecting this", said Kosgei after the race. "But I felt my body was moving, moving, moving so I went for it. This is amazing for me." Kosgei was joined by Paula Radcliffe at the finish line. "[...] I always knew this time would come — and when I saw how fast Brigid was running I knew the record would go if she could maintain her pace", Radcliffe said.
Second and third place went to Ethiopia, with times of 2:20:51 and 2:20:55, respectively. Winner of the men's division, Cherono, posted a time of 2:05:45. He was followed closely by Ethiopians , 2:05:46, and , 2:05:48.and , both from
Just the previous day, Kosgei's countryman Vienna, Austria at a special event; though Kipchoge's time was not considered an official world record, as it was not an open race sanctioned under IAAF rules.became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, setting the mark in
- "Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya runs marathon under two hours" — Wikinews, October 13, 2019
- Wynne Davis. "Kenyan Brigid Kosgei Smashes Women's World Record At Chicago Marathon" — , October 13, 2019
- Sean Ingle. "I can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Paula Radcliffe’s world record" — , October 13, 2019
- AFP. "Kenya's Kosgei crushes Radcliffe world record in Chicago Marathon" — , October 13, 2019
- "Race Results" — , October 14, 2019 (date of access)