Brigid Kosgei’s marathon world record finally ratified by World Athletics

Over four months after her record-breaking run in Chicago, Kosgei's record has been ratified

February 27th, 2020 by | Posted in The Scene | Tags: , , , ,

It took a while, but Brigid Kosgei‘s marathon world record has finally been ratified by World Athletics. Kosgei ran a 2:14:04 at the Chicago Marathon in October 2019, taking over a minute off Paula Radcliffe‘s record of 2:15:25 from 2003.

Kosgei ran in Chicago on October 13, and she had to wait over four months for her PB to become the official world record time. This may seem odd, considering the other records that fell around the same time (or after) Kosgei ran hers.

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Nine days before the Chicago Marathon, Dalilah Muhammad of the U.S. ran a 400mH record of 52.16 at the World Championships. Muhammad’s record was ratified just under four months later–still a long wait, but less than Kosgei’s.

Brigid Kosgei breaking Paula Radcliffe’s marathon world record at Chicago in 2019

A month before Kosgei ran, Geoffrey Kamworor of Kenya set a half-marathon world record of 58:01 on September 15 in Copenhagen. He waited only two months before his was ratified on November 19.

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Similarly, Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda waited only two months for his 26:38 10K record from December 1 to be ratified, which was made official on January 30 (Cheptegei technically owns this record, but Rhonex Kipruto‘s 26:24 10K from Valencia on January 12 is still pending ratification).

Geoffry Kamworor at the 2016 Cardiff IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Whatever the reason was for the long wait, it no longer matters. Kosgei is officially the world record-holder in the marathon.

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It turns out that Kosgei’s four-month ratification process could have been much worse. When World Athletics announced that her record was official, the indoor 4x400m record was also ratified.

Brigid Kosgei after her record-setting performance in Chicago. Photo: Twitter/ChiMarathon

This record now belongs to Amere Lattin, Obie Igbokwe, Jermaine Holt and Kahmari Montgomery, four University of Houston runners. They ran 3:01.51 in Clemson, S.C., over a year ago on February 9, 2019 and it was only just declared official yesterday.