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Records are set to be broken- Radcliffe

When Olympic marathon silver medalist Brigid Kosgei broke the mixed women’s marathon during the Chicago marathon, Paula Radcliffe, the runner who had held the record for long.

Radcliffe, after Equator Charity Run in Eldoret to raise funds to build the first ever Children’s Cancer Hospital at the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) said that she shook Kosgei’s hand following the 2019 Chicago marathon victory.

“It was her incredible performance to win the race with a world record that had stayed for long. I had to shake her hand for the good performance that took a long time to go down,” said Radcliffe.

Kosgei broke Radcliffe’s record that had stayed for sixteen years. Kosgei won the Chicago marathon in 2019 timing 2:14.41 lowering Radcliffe’s time of 2:15.25 set during the 2003 London marathon.

After running 5km alongside Sally Barsosio, whom they competed together on track before heading into the marathon, Radcliffe said they reminded themselves of those days when they were actively involved in sports.

She said that records are there to be broken by anybody at any time anywhere in the world.

“It’s absolutely true that anybody can break the world record. Looking at my earliest memories of watching a marathon, many marathons have been broken and they will still be broken. While on track, today me and Sally reminded  ourselves back then on track, leading but at the end, Ethiopians just came and passed by to win but in the marathon, it was a different story when we joined the marathon. I was honoured to race with Catherine Ndereba in Chicago, breaking the record who wanted to be here today but her work she could not,” she said.

She added: “In world records, it is good to see the progression in the sport and records are there to be broken even if they stand for sixteen years or one year. It is totally out of control for any athlete to stop it from happening,” said the former Olympic marathon champion.

She said that she came to Kenya to train ahead of the London Olympic Games in 2012 though that was not achieved after picking an injury.

“I came in training in Kenya late in my career in 2011 November in preparation for my London Olympics. Unfortunately my foot broke down and missed the opportunity. I also came back in 2014 and 2015 more so as a manager,” said Radcliffe.

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