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Kosgei and Farah ran the same pace for part of Chicago Marathon

A side-by-side look at the two runners' splits

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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