Brigid Kosgei

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Brigid Kosgei
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Kosgei during the 2018 London Marathon
Personal information
Nationality Kenya
Born (1994-02-20) 20 February 1994 (age 25)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Marathon 2:18:20 (2019)[1]

Brigid Jepscheschir Kosgei (born 20 February 1994) is a Kenyan marathon runner who won the 2018 Chicago Marathon and the 2019 London Marathon. She came second at the 2017 Chicago Marathon and 2018 London Marathon.


Kosgei has finished in the top two in eight of the nine marathons that she has run in her career.[2] She came second at the 2016 Lisbon Marathon behind Sarah Chepchirchir, in a personal best time of 2:24:45. Her time was faster than the previous course record.[3][4] In 2017, Kosgei won the Bogotá Half Marathon, and came third at the Copenhagen Half Marathon.[4] She came second in the 2017 Chicago Marathon in a personal best time of 2:20:22.[2][5] Her time was the sixth fastest ever time at the Chicago Marathon.[6] Weeks later, she won the Honolulu Marathon, beating the course record by over five minutes.[2] In 2018, Kosgei came second in the London Marathon behind Vivian Cheruiyot.[2][5] After injuring herself during the Bogotá Marathon, Kosgei decided to run the Great North Run, in order to practice ahead of the 2018 Chicago Marathon. She finished the event second, behind Cheruiyot.[2][7] Kosgei later won the Chicago Marathon, after breaking away from a group of two other Kenyans and three Ethiopians after between 30–35 kilometres (19–22 mi) of the race. She set a personal best time of 2:18:35.[2][5][8] During 2018, Kosgei also won a cross country event in Eldoret, Kenya,[9] and the Kalya Half Marathon in Kapenguria, Kenya.[10][11]

Kosgei won the 2019 London Marathon, becoming the youngest woman ever to win the event.[12] This is the third best time ever in London after Paula Radcliffe in 2005 with 2:17:42 and Mary Keitany 2017 with the world record 2:17:01. The mens race saw Eliud Kipchoge setting a new course record with 2:02:37.


  1. ^ "Brigid KOSGEI". IAAF. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Kenya's Brigid Kosgei wins Chicago Marathon". Daily Nation. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  3. ^ "CHEPCHIRCHIR BREAKS MARATHON COURSE RECORD IN LISBON". IAAF. 2 October 2016. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  4. ^ a b Musso, Marisso (2 October 2017). "2017 Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Brigid Kosgei". WMAQ-TV. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Mo Farah claims first marathon win in Chicago". BBC Sport. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Brigid Kosgei Wins 2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Women's Race". WMAQ-TV. 7 October 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Mo Farah wins record fifth Great North Run but misses out on personal best". The Guardian. 9 September 2018. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  8. ^ Strout, Erin (7 October 2018). "Big Move Pays Off for 2018 Chicago Marathon Champion Brigid Kosgei". Runner's World. Retrieved 9 October 2018.
  9. ^ Rotich, Bernard (28 January 2018). "Fast-rising Kosgei, Kipchirchir claim Discover cross-country titles". Daily Nation. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Brigid Kosgei wins Kalya Half Marathon". Daily Nation. 8 December 2018. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ Fetha, Buckley (10 December 2018). "Brigid Kosgei crowned Kalya Half Marathon Champion". Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "London Marathon: Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei win men and women's elite races". The Guardian. 28 April 2019. Retrieved 28 April 2019.

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