On Sunday, Brigid Kosgei crushed the sixteen-year-old world record at the Paula Radcliffe marathon. The 25-year-old Kenyan arrived in Chicago at a time of 2: 14.04.
On the flat course in the United States, Kosgei was almost a minute and a half faster than Radcliffe, who set her record of 2: 15.25 in 2003 in London. The British was in Chicago and congratulated her successor almost immediately after the finish.
The personal record of Kosgei was 2: 18.20. Earlier this year, she became the youngest winner of the London Marathon and was the sixth fastest marathon runner ever.
The Kenyan was also the best in Chicago last year, at a time of 2: 18.35. The course record in the American city was in the name of Radcliffe (2: 17.18). The British was the only woman to walk under 2 hours and 17 minutes on the classical distance until Sunday.
The sixteen years between the record of Radcliffe and Kosgei is the longest time between two world records in the marathon after the Second World War (men and women).
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Kosgei was directly under a world record schedule
Kosgei held a terribly fast pace from the start of the 42,195 kilometer through Chicago. She took 15 minutes and 28 seconds for her first five kilometers and came through after ten kilometers after 31.28. That was on a schedule of 2 hours and 12 minutes.
That end time turned out to be a little too high for African, but with a passage of 1: 06.59 halfway it was clear that Kosgei was on its way to a very special time.
The Kenyan, who ran an unrecognized half marathon world record at the Great North Run in England last month at 1: 04.28, eventually finished 6 minutes and 47 seconds ahead of Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia, who finished second.
For the men, the victory went to Lawrence Cherono in a time of 2: 05.46. The Kenyan won the Boston marathon earlier this year. The Ethiopians Defene Debala (2: 05.46) and Asefa Mengstu (2: 05.48) crossed the line second and third respectively.
British top athlete Mo Farah, last year's winner in Chicago, was only fifth in just over four minutes from Cherono (2: 09.58).
Lawrence Cherono won after an exciting finish in Chicago. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Second record on the weekend marathon
On Saturday, Eliud Kipchoge already set a limit on the marathon by being the first athlete to run under two hours in Vienna over 42.195 kilometers (1: 59.40).
The age of 34-year-old Kenyan is not recognized as a world record because he was helped by 41 tempo makers who alternated with each other. Kipchoge is the holder of the world record with a time of 2: 01.39.
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