When it comes to long distance running, this weekend was one for the history books.
Today, Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei set the fastest time for a woman in a marathon, just one day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first athlete to finish 26.2 miles in less than two hours.
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Kosgei, 25, ran the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in just 2:14:04 — beating the previous world record of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe at the 2003 London Marathon. (Until today, Radcliffe also held the Chicago course record for a woman, which she set in 2002.)
Kosgei broke her own personal best (2:18:20) by more than four minutes. The runner achieved the mark at the London Marathon this year, which she also won.
There was no question who would win at the finish. Kosgei handily defeated the competition, with the second place runner — Ababel Yeshaneh of Ethiopia — coming in nearly seven minutes later with a time of 2:20:51.
Nike fêted Kosgei’s achievement on Twitter, writing: “If it hasn’t been done before, it’s yours to claim. Brigid Kosgei becomes the fastest woman in history to run 26.2 miles with a time of 2:14:04. Congrats on your World Record and second consecutive victory at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. #justdoit #chicagomarathon.”
If it hasn’t been done before, it’s yours to claim.
Brigid Kosgei becomes the fastest woman in history to run 26.2 miles with a time of 2:14:04. Congrats on your World Record and second consecutive victory at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. #justdoit #chicagomarathon pic.twitter.com/7wQYJvCRWx
— Nike (@Nike) October 13, 2019
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