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Of the Kenyan Brigid Kosgei little is known: that she never went through the tartan and since she was a teenager she is focused on the marathon, which last year already won in Chicago and last April in London, which is prepared in the center of the controversial representative Federico Rosa in the small town of Kapsait and that his coach is another semi-unknown, the former marathoner Erick Kimaiyo . Nothing else. Now another piece of information must be added to its curriculum: since this Sunday it is the new world record holder of the marathon after destroying the record held by Paula Radcliffe in Chicago (2:14:04) since 2003 (2:15:25).

With his strange style, with an exaggerated arm movement, far from the canons, Kosgei made a vertiginous exit, knew how to hold himself until the half marathon and accelerated in the final kilometers to lower a historical record in 81 seconds. With the help of two runners that made him a hare and without a watch, the Kenyan suddenly lowered her best marathon mark in four minutes, a barbarity for 42,195 kilometers.

Just when he reached the finish line, something stunned, Radcliffe - now a BBC commentator - approached him to shake hands and Kosgei only recognized her when someone from the organization introduced them. Then yes, the Kenyan offered a smile to the British and the two together posed strangely: Radcliffe stood still without knowing very well what to do and Kosgei waved a white towel with if it was a flag of his country.

Between holding the record, again a suspicion on his feet: Kosgei ran with Nike's already famous 'magic' shoes, the same Vaporfly Next% that Eliud Kipchoge used to break the two-hour marathon barrier on Saturday.

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