Kenya's Brigid Kosgei Sets World Marathon Record In Chicago

Runners start the Bank of America Chicago on Marathon Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago.
Runners start the Bank of America Chicago on Marathon Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago. Paul Beaty / Associated Press
Runners start the Bank of America Chicago on Marathon Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago.
Runners start the Bank of America Chicago on Marathon Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago. Paul Beaty / Associated Press

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei Sets World Marathon Record In Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event.

The 25-year-old Kosgei bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago. She won in Chicago last year in 2:18:35.

Kosgei's run came little more than 24 hours after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run 26.2 miles in less than two hours, clocking 1:59:41 in Vienna. Unlike Kipchoge's performance, however, Kosgei's mark was set in an official race on a record-eligible course.

Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka, both of Ethiopia, finished second and third on Sunday. Yeshaneh's time was 2:20:51 and Burka's was 2:20:55

Lawrence Cherono won the men's race in 2:05:45. Ethiopia's Dejene Debela was second in 2:05:46 and Asefa Mengstu was third in 2:05:48.