Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world marathon record, smashing Briton Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old record with a time of two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds to retain her Chicago Marathon title on Sunday.
The 26-year-old’s feat ensured that Kenya sealed a double in Chicago with her trailblazing victory coming just minutes after Boston Marathon champion Lawrence Cherono claimed the men’s title in a sprint finishing, clocking 2:05:45.
Kosgei’s time erased Radcliffe’s time of 2:15:25 set on April 13, 2003 in London. The time was also a course record as it clipped Radcliffe’s time of 2:17:18 set in October 13, 2002. Kosgei and Cherono’s accomplishment came a day after Olympic champion Eliud Kipchoge had the world firmly under his grip.
Kipchoge, who is also the world marathon record holder (2:01:39), made history as the first man to run a marathon under two hours when he completed the INEOS 1:59 Challenge in 1:59:40 on Saturday in Vienna, Austria.