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Brigid Kosgei: We need our world marathon

Brigid Kosgei believes it is just a matter of time before Kenyan women reclaim the world marathon title.

Kosgei, the Olympic marathon silver medalist and former world record holder, said: “From where I sit, Kenya has the best marathon runners. I have confidence that the world record will come to Kenya very soon.”

She is the last Kenyan to hold the world mark — 2:14:04 from the 2019 Chicago Marathon — and which is now on the rankings behind Ethiopian Tigst Assefa’s current record of 2:11:53  from the 2023 Berlin Marathon.

The Sifan Hassan (The Netherlands) is second with a time of 2:13:44 from the 2023 Chicago Marathon.

Kosgei insisits she was never bothered when her record was broken, saying; ‘records are there to be broken’.

“I did not prepare for the world record. That shows anything can happen at any moment. Records are there to be broken as long as someone prepares well,” said Kosgei, the 2017 and 2018 Chicago and London silver medalist.

Kosgei, who is training under double Milan Marathon champion Erick Kimaiyo, is now mentoring her sister, Pamela, the World Cross Country Junior bronze medalist.

Kimaiyo says that Kosgei is one of the most humble and dedicated athletes who has remained focused on her career.

“She is so disciplined and a dedicated runner who believes in her career. She runs well, she will be in a good position. For my case, I just want her to run her best time possible and with the time, she will get a good position and she has great ambitions,” said Kimaiyo.

On money matters, Kimaiyo said that Kosgei’s life has remained humbled despite earning a lot of money in her running career.

“She is not like other athletes who get some money and change their lifestyle. She has remained the same athlete I met when she was young and innocent. She has maintained her humility and all the virtues associated with successful athletes,” said Kimaiyo.

Kosgei never work

said Kosgei, the 2019 and 2020 London marathon champion.

Speaking at the training base at the Kapsait Athletics Training Camp in Elgeyo Marakwet, the two time Chicago marathon champion (2018 and 2019) said that Kenyans are capable of reclaiming the world record.

“Kenyan athletes are the best in the world and from where I sit, I have confidence that the world record will still come to Kenya very soon,” said Kosgei, the 2019 and 2020 London marathon champion.

When her record was broken last year by Assefa, the 2021 Tokyo marathon champion said that she did not feel bad because sets are there to be broken and many athletes want to scale above the rest.

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