Kenya‘s Brigid Kosgei created history on Sunday after the 25-year-old runner shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record Sunday following her Chicago Marathon triumph. Kosgei completed the marathon in 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds going past the record of 2:15:25 set by Radcliffe in the London Marathon on April 13, 2003. With the recent result, Kosgei has won in Chicago for the second straight year.
Kosgei, who clocked the fastest half-marathon timing in history this year of 1:04:28 and who won the London Marathon in April, quickly separated herself from the women’s field as she ran with two male pace-setters.
Such was the dominance she stamped at the event that Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka registered a distant second and third in 2:20:51 and 2:20:55 respectively.
Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono won a men’s race that came down to the wire in 2:05:45, just about going past Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela who was second in 2:05:46 with Ethiopian Asefa Mengstu third in 2:05:48. Last year’s winner Mo Farah of Britain finished a distant eighth in 2:09:58.