Kenya's Brigid Kosgei smashes women's marathon record in Chicago

Brigid Kosgei set a new marathon world record winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds on Sunday.

The 25-year-old smashed Paula Radcliffe’s record of 2:15:25, which had stood for 16 years. Radcliffe was in Chicago to watch Kosgei break her record.

Kosgei defended her Chicago title in fine fashion, shaving over a minute off the previous record Radcliffe had posted at the London Marathon in 2003.

‘I’m feeling good and I’m happy. I wasn’t expecting to run like this,’ Kosgei said after her stunning victory.

Ethiopa’s Ababel Yeshaneh came in second in Chicago, a massive six minutes and 47 seconds behind Kosgei.

Kosgei was triumphant in the London Marathon earlier this year, becoming the youngest woman ever to the race.

Her achievement in Chicago comes after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a sub-two hour marathon.

Kipchoge posted 1:59:40 in Austria in a carefully controlled event, but that record will not be recognised by the sport’s governing body, the IAAF, given the race was not an open event.

Kosgei’s record though will be an official world record recognised by the IAAF. In the men’s race Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was the victor, with Great Britain’s Mo Farah finishing a disappointing eighth.

Farah completed his worst marathon in six years in a week where he has faced criticism for his handling of his former coach’s Alberto Salazar’s four-year doping ban and accused the media of pushing a ‘racist agenda’ against him.

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