Brigid Kosgei of Kenya has made history after breaking a 16-year-old record at the Chicago Marathon which was previously held by Paula Radcliffe of Britain.
She clocked two hours 14 minutes 04 seconds which bettered Radcliffe’s record of 2:15:25 set in 2003 at the London marathon. The 25-year-old also won in London earlier in the year which makes this second win even more remarkable.
Paula Radcliffe’s record was the best by any man or woman in a marathon in the post-war era.
Radcliffe said she knew the record would be broken stating, “When I saw how fast Brigid was running in the first half I knew it was going to be broken,”
Second placed Ababel Yeshaneh from Ethiopia was a gaping 6 minutes 47 seconds behind.
Social media has been going crazy since Brigid Kosgei was announced as the winner.
Someone put the win into context saying; “Brigid Kosgei not only shaved a whooping 81 seconds off the previous women’s marathon world record, she crossed the tape 6 minutes ahead of the runner-up. SIX. MINUTES. That’s enough time to finish mandondo & 2 chapos and do that thing for brushing the teeth with one finger.”
It proved to be a great time for Kenya as Eluid Kipchoge also won in Vienna, one of the comments on Twitter acknowledged this, “Fresh from Eluid kipchoge’s historic feat in Vienna, Kenya is once again grabbing Global headlines after Brigid Kosgei breaks 16 year old women world Marathon record to lead a Kenyan double in Chicago in a week of many firsts for a proud athletics Nation.” the tweet read.
You can check out other reactions to the historic win below.
“I kept saying, ‘Tomorrow is my day,’” she said. https://t.co/W3zASfZ7qL
— Lacy M. Johnson (@lacymjohnson) October 13, 2019
“People were cheering, you are running the world record! World record!” said Brigid Kosgei, after breaking the world record by one minute and 19 seconds. Kosgei’s record wasn’t the only PR of the day. Share your 2019 @BankofAmerica #ChicagoMarathon time below! pic.twitter.com/bQfOnhpXH5
— Chicago Marathon (@ChiMarathon) October 13, 2019
Yesterday, marathoner Eliud Kipchoge became the first ever to break two hours. Today in Chicago, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record. Staggering achievements on their own, they’re also remarkable examples of humanity’s ability to endure—and keep raising the bar.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 13, 2019
6 minutes ahead of the nearest competition is enough time for those young people who hold the tape at the finish line to run after Brigid Kosgei, wait for her to catch her breath, then ask her, "Kulikuwa na watu wengine ama twende?"
— Small Axe (@nyabinghidread) October 14, 2019
— OkechKoech (@OkoechL) October 14, 2019