Brigid Kosgei of Kenya has broken the world record for the women’s marathon with a time of 2:14:04 hours at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday. Kosgei has broken a record that has been undisturbed for 16 years. The previous existing world record had been held by Great Britain’s Paula Radcliffe. The earlier record had been 2:15:25 hours.
Kosgei’s achievement caps off an incredible week for Kenyan marathon runners. Lawrence Cherono of Kenya won the men’s marathon in Chicago on Sunday. Earlier in the week, Eliod Kipchoge became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon, smashing the barrier by almost 20 seconds. Kipchoge had clocked 1:59:41 in Vienna on Saturday. Unlike Kipchoge’s performance, however, Kosgei’s mark was set in an official race on a record-eligible course. Read More...
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