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.
Brigid Kosgei is our first female over the line at the Simplyhealth UK #GreatNorthRun! 🏃♀️💨🥇🇰🇪
— Great Run (@Great_Run) September 8, 2019
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.
The fastest of all time 🇰🇪⚡🇰🇪
Brigid Kosgei remains unbeaten in 2019 as the London Marathon champion takes glory at the Great North Run with the quickest half marathon in history by a woman. pic.twitter.com/ycHfznUaIb
— SPIKES (@spikesmag) September 8, 2019
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.