Brigid Kosgei of Kenya made history today at the Chicago Marathon, setting a world record of 2:14:04.
She smashed Paula Radcliffe’s mark of 2:15:25 from the London Marathon in 2003.
With two dedicated pacers ahead of her, Kosgei went out in a torrid first 5K of 15:28, which projects to a 2:10 marathon. Her pacers slowed the tempo slightly after that, but Kosgei was still well ahead of world record pace. By 10K, she had a 32-second gap on her nearest pursuer. She passed the halfway mark in 1:06:59.
The conditions were perfect for a record run, with temperatures around 40 degrees and light winds.
The 25-year-old earns $100,000 for the win and $75,000 for breaking the Chicago course record, which was 2:17:18, also held by Radcliffe.
Kosgei has not lost in 2019, including a victory at the London Marathon in 2:18:20, which was her previous personal best.
The world record comes a little more than a day after Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run under two hours in the marathon in Vienna (1:59:40), though that will not be recognized as an official world record.
of 2:24:02 from Tokyo in March, was second in 2:20:51, nearly 7 minutes behind Kosgei. Gelete Burka of Ethiopia was third in 2:20:55.
In her second marathon, Emma Bates was the top American finisher. She finished fourth in 2:25:27, which puts her ninth on the list of fastest U.S. marathoners.