Brigid Jepscheschir Kosgei (born 20 February 1994)[2] is a Kenyan marathon runner who won the 2018 and 2019 Chicago Marathons and the 2019 London Marathon. She is the current marathon world record holder for women running in a mixed-sex race, with a time of 2:14:04 achieved on 13 October 2019 at the Chicago Marathon.[3] This bettered the previous 16-year-old world record by 1 minute 24 seconds, and the women's Chicago Marathon record by 3 minutes and 14 seconds.

Brigid Kosgei
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Kosgei during the 2018 London Marathon
Personal information
Born (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 25)
Sinon, Kapsowar, Kenya
Sport
SportAthletics
Event(s)Marathon
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon 2:14:04 (2019)
Half Marathon 1:04:28 (2019)[1]

Personal lifeEdit

Kosgei grew up in Elgeyo-Marakwet County, Kenya, and had six siblings.[4] Aged 17, she began running training with her boyfriend and now husband Matthew Kosgei.[4]

CareerEdit

Kosgei has finished in the top two in eight of the nine marathons that she has run in her career.[5] She came second at the 2016 Lisbon Marathon behind Sarah Chepchirchir, in a personal best time of 2:24:45. Her time was faster than the previous course record.[6][7] In 2017, Kosgei won the Bogotá Half Marathon, and came third at the Copenhagen Half Marathon.[8] She came second in the 2017 Chicago Marathon in a personal best time of 2:20:22.[5][9] Her time was the sixth fastest ever time at the Chicago Marathon.[8] Weeks later, she won the Honolulu Marathon, beating the course record by over five minutes.[5] In 2018, Kosgei came second in the London Marathon behind Vivian Cheruiyot.[5][9] After injuring herself during the Bogotá Marathon, Kosgei decided to run the Great North Run, in order to practice ahead of the 2018 Chicago Marathon. She finished the event second, behind Cheruiyot.[5][10] Kosgei later won the Chicago Marathon, after breaking away from a group of two other Kenyans and three Ethiopians after 30–35 kilometres (19–22 mi) of the race. She set a personal best time of 2:18:35.[5][9][11] During 2018, Kosgei also won a cross country event in Eldoret, Kenya,[12] and the Kalya Half Marathon in Kapenguria, Kenya.[13][14]

Kosgei won the 2019 London Marathon, becoming the youngest woman to win the event.[15] This is the third best time in London after Paula Radcliffe in 2005 with 2:17:42 and Mary Keitany 2017 with the world record 2:17:01. At the 2019 Great North Run, Kosgei won in a course-record time of 1:04.28, 23 seconds faster than the previous half marathon world record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei.[16]

She won the 2019 Chicago Marathon on 13 October 2019 in a world record time of 2:14:04, an improvement of her personal best by more than 4 minutes.[17] She beat the previous world record by 81 seconds.[18] Kosgei wore specially adapted Nike shoes, which have been alleged to have given her a 60-90 second advantage.[19][20]

In January 2020, Kosgei announced that she would be competing at the 2020 London Marathon in April, aiming to defend her title.[18]

Marathon competition recordEdit

Competition Rank Time Location Date
2015 Porto Marathon 1st 2:47:59 Porto 2015 Nov 8
2016 Milano City Marathon 1st 2:27:45 Milan 2016 Apr 3
2016 Lisbon Marathon 2nd 2:24:45 Lisbon 2016 Oct 2
2016 Honolulu Marathon 1st 2:31:11 Honolulu 2016 Dec 11
2017 Boston Marathon 8th 2:31:48 Boston 2017 Apr 17
2017 Chicago Marathon 2nd 2:20:22 Chicago 2017 Oct 8
2017 Honolulu Marathon 1st 2:22:15 Honolulu 2017 Dec 10
2018 London Marathon 2nd 2:20:13 London 2018 Apr 22
2018 Chicago Marathon 1st 2:18:35 Chicago 2018 Oct 7
2019 London Marathon 1st 2:18:20 London 2019 Apr 28
2019 Chicago Marathon 1st 2:14:04 Chicago 2019 Oct 13

Source:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Great North Run: Mo Farah wins record sixth straight title". BBC Sport. BBC News. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Brigid Kosgei: Profile". IAAF. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ Futterman, Matthew (13 October 2019). "Kenya's Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record". The New York Times. p. D6. ISSN 0362-4331.
  4. ^ a b Karoney, Celestone (20 October 2019). "Kenya's Brigid Kosgei: School dropout, mother of twins and world record-holder". BBC News. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Kenya's Brigid Kosgei wins Chicago Marathon". Daily Nation. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Chepchirchir breaks marathon course record in Lisbon". IAAF. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ Musso, Marisso (2 October 2017). "2017 Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Brigid Kosgei". WMAQ-TV. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Brigid Kosgei Wins 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Women's Race". WMAQ-TV. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  9. ^ a b c "Mo Farah claims first marathon win in Chicago". BBC Sport. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  10. ^ "Mo Farah wins record fifth Great North Run but misses out on personal best". The Guardian. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  11. ^ Strout, Erin (7 October 2018). "Big Move Pays Off for 2018 Chicago Marathon Champion Brigid Kosgei". Runner's World. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  12. ^ Rotich, Bernard (28 January 2018). "Fast-rising Kosgei, Kipchirchir claim Discover cross-country titles". Daily Nation. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Brigid Kosgei wins Kalya Half Marathon". Daily Nation. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  14. ^ Fetha, Buckley (10 December 2018). "Brigid Kosgei crowned Kalya Half Marathon Champion". Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  15. ^ "London Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei win men and women's elite races". The Guardian. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  16. ^ "Great North Run: Mo Farah wins record sixth straight title". bbc.co.uk. 8 September 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  17. ^ "Leichtathletik - Chicago-Marathon: Brigid Kosgei stellt Weltrekord auf". www.ran.de (in German). 13 October 2019. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  18. ^ a b "London Marathon 2020: Women's world record holder Brigid Kosgei to defend title". BBC Sport. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  19. ^ Ingle, Sean (13 October 2019). "I can go quicker, says Brigid Kosgei after smashing Paula Radcliffe's world record". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
  20. ^ Lawton, Matt (15 January 2020). "Nike's record-breaking running shoe to be banned". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 26 January 2020.
Records
Preceded by
  Paula Radcliffe
Women's Marathon World Record Holder
13 October 2019 –
Succeeded by
Incumbent