Salina Kosgei on the way to winning the 2009 Boston Marathon near half way point in Wellesley.
|Born||16 November 1976|
Salina Jebet Kosgei (born 16 November 1976 in Simotwo, Keiyo District) is a long distance runner from Kenya. She is a Commonwealth Games gold medalist, has competed at the Olympics and has won various marathons, including the 2009 Boston Marathon.
She began her athletics career while at Simotwo Primary School. She moved on to Kapkenda Girls High School and won several national high school titles in heptathlon, 800 metres and 200 metres. She graduated in 1993 and was subsequently recruited by the Kenya Prisons Service.
She competed at the 2003 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Vilamoura, Spain, but did not finish better than 41st. Kosgei competed for Kenya at the 2008 Summer Olympics in marathon, finishing tenth.
On 20 April she won the 2009 Boston Marathon timing 2:32:16, a second ahead of Dire Tune of Ethiopia. She attempted to defend her title the following year's race but the honours went to Teyba Erkesso while Kosgei finished in third place. She had two other marathon races in 2009, coming third at the Grottazzolina Marathon and 15th at the 2010 New York City Marathon. She also won the Florence Half Marathon.
In 2011 she was in the top ten at the Lisbon Half Marathon, Portugal Half Marathon and Yokohama Women's Marathon. Her best result that year was a run of 2:32:06 hours for fifth at the San Diego Marathon. She did not compete in 2012 and made only two appearances in 2013, coming fourth at the Stockholm Marathon and winning the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes.
Major international competitions
|1992||World Junior Championships||Seoul, South korea||8th||800 m||2:13.48|
|1994||World Junior Championships||Lisbon, Portugal||33rd (h)||800m||2:13.24|
|Commonwealth Games||Vancouver, Canada||5th||800 m ||2:03,78|
|2002||Commonwealth Games||Manchester, United Kingdom||1st||10,000 m||31:27.83|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||19th||10,000 m||32:09.15|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||10th||Marathon||2:29:28|
|2004||Paris Marathon||Paris, France||1st||Marathon||2:24:32|
|2005||Prague International Marathon||Prague, Czech Republic||1st||Marathon||2:28:42|
|Virginia Beach Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon||Virginia Beach, VA, United States||2nd||Half marathon|||
|2006||Lisbon Half Marathon||Lisbon, Portugal||1st||Half marathon||1:07:52|
|2007||Tokyo Marathon||Tokyo, Japan||2nd||Marathon||2:23:31|
|London Marathon||London, United Kingdom||4th||Marathon||2:24:13|
|2008||Ras Al Khaimah Half Marathon||Ras Al Khaimah, UAE||1st||Half marathon||1:12:29|
|Lisbon Half Marathon||Lisbon, Portugal||1st||Half marathon||1:09:57|
|2009||Boston Marathon||Boston, United States||1st||Marathon||2:32:16|
- IAAF, August 23, 2003: 'Focus on Africans' - women's 10,000m, Kosgei and Kidane
- Golen, Jimmy (April 20, 2009). "Deriba Merga, Salina Kosgei win at Boston Marathon". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-20.
- Morse, Parker (2010-04-19). Cheruiyot smashes Boston record with 2:05:52 sizzler - Boston Marathon report. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
- Salina Kosgei. Tilastopaja. Retrieved on 2013-11-28.
- Abdissa and Kosgei win at the Marathon des Alpes-Maritimes. IAAF (2013-11-10). Retrieved on 2013-11-28.
- World Majors Marathon profile
- 1994 Commonwealth Games Womens Results
- IAAF website, September 5, 2005: Kidane makes successful debut, while Mwangi sets course record - Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon