Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei ran a women’s marathon world record of 2:14:04 on Sunday at the Chicago Marathon. Other than her pacers, the runner was completely alone for almost the entire marathon. She shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world record of 2:15:25, which many considered to be nearly unbeatable and one of the toughest records in the books.
Brigid Kosgei 2:14:04!!! ? That’s a massive WR in the marathon. @JakeBillRiley, 2:10:36, leads 9 other Americans under 2:12! Is that the most Americans ever under 2:12 in one race?
— Reid Coolsaet (@ReidCoolsaet) October 13, 2019
It’s not shocking that Kosgei is the woman to take this record down. She ran a 1:04:28 half-marathon on September 10 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.) She’s also the 2019 London Marathon champion and 2018 Chicago champion.
— Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October 13, 2019
Kosgei won on Sunday by a shocking margin of six minutes. Second place went to Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia in 2:20:51 and third place to Gelete Burka of Ethiopia in 2:20:55. American’s Emma Bates was fourth in a massive personal best of 2:25:27.
Kosgei ran almost dead-even splits today: 66:59 for her first half, 67:05 for her second.
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) October 13, 2019
Canadian Natasha LeBeaud finished in 2:45:47.