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.
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