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Brigid Kosgei ran a faster half-marathon than all but 13 Canadian men in history

Kosgei ran the fastest-ever women's half-marathon time on Sunday. Here's a closer look at just how fast that is

On Sunday Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran a 1:04:28 at the Great North Run in Newcastle, UK, which was under the 1:04:51 world record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei in 2017. The record couldn’t be ratified, since the Great North Run is contested on a point-to-point course, but Kosgei’s performance remains the fastest-ever half-marathon run by a woman.

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Kosgei has had a great year. She won the 2018 Bank of Chicago Marathon in what was, at the time, the third-fastest women’s marathon in history at 2:18:35. Chicago was a huge personal best for Kosgei, improving on her old marathon time by nearly two minutes. She followed that up with a win at the 2019 London Marathon, which was an improvement upon her time in Chicago by 15 seconds to run a 2:18:20.

Her time on Sunday shows she’s in great form heading into her fall season. Her 1:04:28 averages 3:03 per kilometre and is faster than all but 13 men in Canadian history.

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Kosgei is only 24 years old, and has set a new personal best in every event from the 5K through the marathon in 2019. She ran her first 42.2K in 2015 at the Porto Marathon in Portugal, finishing in 2:47:59. Kosgei is running the 2019 Chicago Marathon on October 13, where she looks to defend her title.

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