Paula Radcliff’s 16-year-old Marathon World Record Broken

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei Breaks Marathon World Record Credit: Facebook

A RECORD that seemed untouchable for years fell away during the Chicago marathon yesterday.

Brigid Kosgei blew away the field in winning the Chicago Marathon on Sunday and setting a women’s world record: 2 hours 14 minutes 4 seconds, a massive 81 seconds off Radcliff’s record that had stood since 2003

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Kosgei’s run came little more than 24 hours after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run the marathon 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.

Radcliffe first set a world record at Chicago in 2002 before besting that mark a year later in London.

“It was 17 years ago exactly today that I set the first world record here in Chicago,” said Radcliffe, who attended Sunday’s race.


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