Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei on Sunday timed 2hrs, 14 min and 4sec to win 2019 Chicago Marathon in a new world record.
Kosegei’s winning time, which was also a course record, saw her break the world record set by Briton Paula Radcliffe in 2003.
Victory by the 26-year-old is good news for Kenya, coming just a day after world marathon record holder in men’s marathon, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya, became the first man to run the marathon under two hours in Vienna, Austria.
Kipchoge, who is also the world marathon record holder (2:01:39), made history by becoming the first man to run a marathon under two hours when he completed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in 1:59:40 on Saturday in Vienna.
In winning Sunday’s race, Kosgei lowered Radcliffe’s world marathon record by 81 seconds. Radcliffe’s mark has stood for 16 years.
And Kosgei was overjoyed to have won the race in a new record.
“It feels good to have come here and won. Last year when I competed here, the course was good and this year, I came here and won. It makes me feel good,” the athlete said.
Kosgei won ahead of Ethiopian duo of Ababel Yeshaneh (2:20:51) and Gelete Burka (2:20:55
Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono won men’s title in a sprint finishing, clocking 2:05:45.
Cherono finished ahead of Ethiopians Defene Debela and Asefa Mengstu who timed 2:05:46 and 2:05:48 respectively. Kenya’s Bedan Karoki finished fourth in 2:05:53.
Kenya now holds records for all the long distance road races, both in full and half marathons.
Kipchoge holds men’s world marathon record of 2:01:39 which he set at the Berlin Marathon on September 16, 2018.
Geoffrey Kamworor holds the world half marathon record of 58:01 which he set in Copenhagen on September 15, 2019.
Another Kenyan, Joyciline Jepkosgei, holds the women’s world half marathon record of 1:04:51 which she claimed on October 22, 2017 in Valencia, Spain.
Before Sunday’s race, Kosgei went to Chicago with the seventh fastest time in history of the marathon (2:18:20) from her victory in London Marathon on April 28, 2019.
Kosgei’s winning time in the London Marathon made her the fourth fastest marathoner after fellow Kenyans Mary Keitany, who holds the all-women world marathon record of 2:17:01 from 2017 in London, Ruth Chepng’etich (2:17.08) set in 2019 in Dubai, and Gladys Cherono (2:18:11) set in 2018 in Berlin.
The other Kenyans to have broken the women’s world marathon record are Tegla Loroupe, two-time World marathon champion Catherine Ndereba and Keitany.
Loroupe broke the marathon twice — 1998 in Rotterdam at 2:20:47 and in the 1999 Berlin Marathon in 2:20:43.
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