#BlackGirlMagic: Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record In Chicago

Brigid Kosgei

#BlackGirlMagic: Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record In Chicago

The Kenyan marathoner is the first woman to run sub two hours and 15 minutes.

Published October 14th

Written by Jarod Hector

Brigid Kosgei won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday (October 13th) and set a new world record with a time of 2:14.04. 

This comes on the heels of her countryman Eliud Kipchoge setting a new men’s world record in the 26.2 mile race. 

Kosgei has won the Chicago marathon two consecutive years, and her win on Sunday bested Paula Radcliffe’s world record of 2:15:25 set in 2003. 

“I kept saying, ‘Tomorrow is my day,’” Kosgei told the New York Times. “I wanted to be the second Kipchoge — the Kipchoge for women. I focused on that.”

Kosgei ran the marathon in a blistering 5:06 per mile average pace on Sunday. Her world record is the fifth set at the Chicago Marathon, and the first since Radcliffe set a world record there in 2002. 

“I was not expecting this,” Kosgei said regarding the world record. “I was expecting to run 2:16 or 2:17. It’s amazing to run 2:14, but the world record was in my head. When I started the race, I was thinking I need 2:15 for Paula’s record.”

Between Kosgei, Simone Biles and Coco Gauff, it was quite the weekend for young Black women in the world of sports. 

(Photo: Karyn Louise/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

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