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Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shatters women’s marathon world record at Chicago

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei celebrates winning the women’s marathon next to her new world record time at Chicago on October 13, 2019.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei celebrates winning the women’s marathon next to her new world record time at Chicago on October 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: REUTERS

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The Kenyan broke the mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe at the London Marathon on April 13, 2003.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record on October 13, winning the Chicago Marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds.

Kosgei, who won in Chicago for the second straight year, broke the mark of 2:15:25 set by Radcliffe at the London Marathon on April 13, 2003.

Kosgei, the 25-year-old who won the London Marathon in April and clocked the fastest half-marathon in history this year of 1:04:28, quickly separated herself from the women’s field as she ran with two male pace-setters.

Chicago Marathon winner Brigid Kosgei poses with former world record holder Paula Radcliffe. Photo: Twitter/@ChiMarathon

Chicago Marathon winner Brigid Kosgei poses with former world record holder Paula Radcliffe. Photo: Twitter/@ChiMarathon  

 

She crossed the finish line alone, with Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka a distant second and third in 2:20:51 and 2:20:55.

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono won a men’s race that came down to the wire in 2:05:45 — barely edging Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela who was second in 2:05:46 with Ethiopian Asefa Mengstu third in 2:05:48. The 2018 winner Mo Farah of Britain finished a distant eighth in 2:09:58.

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