Join us for International Women’s Day to celebrate some of our heroes: today the spotlight is on multi-medal-winning and record-breaking superstar Brigid Kosgei
Brigid is the youngest woman to win the London Marathon, she holds the record for the women’s half marathon, and in Chicago in 2019 she smashed the women’s marathon world record.
In Chicago, Brigid ran 2:14:04, beating her own PB by over four minutes. In a very short time – just four years – she has taken over 33 minutes off her first marathon time. But it’s not only in the marathon that she excels. In 2017, she won the Bogotá Half Marathon, and came third at the Copenhagen Half Marathon. Within approximately a year of her first marathon, she had dropped her personal best time to 2:20:22, and within weeks, she won the Honolulu Marathon, beating the course record by over five minutes.
2018 was even better; Brigid came second in the London Marathon behind Vivian Cheruiyot. After injuring herself during the Bogotá Marathon, she decided to run the Great North Run, one of the world’s largest half marathons, to prepare for Chicago. She finished the event second, again behind Cheruiyot. Brigid then went on to get the win at Chicago, with another personal best time of 2:18:35.
2019 was an epic year for this unstoppable woman. She became the youngest woman to win the London Marathon, while clocking the third best time. Her natural talent shone through at the 2019 Great North Run, where she won in a course-record time of 1:04.28, 23 seconds faster than the previous world record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei. On 13th October 2019, she won the Chicago Marathon in a new world-record time of 2:14:04.
2020 was going to be her year… let’s see what she will deliver at the Olympic marathon, and beyond.
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