Brigid Kosgei broke a 16-year-old world record on Sunday morning, finishing the Chicago Marathon in a staggering 2:14:04. Only 22 men finished ahead of her.
— Reuters (@Reuters) October 14, 2019
If you look at Kosgei’s splits side-by-side with Sir Mo Farah, the pair ran the same pace from kilometre 30 to kilometre 35. Their 5K times were 15:53 for Farah to Kosgei’s 15:58, Farah at 5:07 per mile and Kosgei at 5:08 per mile. Kosgei beat the second-place woman, Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia, by an unbelievable six minutes.
For even more context, no Canadian men ran faster than Kosgei’s time in 2019. She would also land herself tied for tenth on the Canadian half-marathon rankings for men, based on her 21.1K split.
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 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.) She’s also the 2019 London Marathon champion and 2018 Chicago champion.