Kenyan Athlete Breaks World Record

  • Stellar runner Bridgid Koskei on Sunday 8, 2019 made history in the UK after breaking Great North Run women's course record as well as the world half-marathon record after posting a time of 64 mins and 28 seconds.

    The record had previously been held by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei, which she had clocked during the Valencia Half-marathon in 2017.

    This is the second major win for Bridgit Koskei who also won the 39th edition of the London Marathon, crossing the finishing line in a personal best of 2 hours 18 minutes and 20 seconds.

    Bridgit Kosgei winning the UK Marathon and setting the world record in the process.

    Kenya also dominated the top 4 positions with Magdalene and Linet Masai, also known as the Masai sisters coming in second and third respectively.

    Mary Keitany, the previous year's champion came in 4th.

    Bridgit Kosgei is ranked as the 14th overall woman in the marathon standings. She has finished in the top 2 in 8 of the nine marathons that she had run in her career.

    After injuring herself during the Bogota Marathon in Colombia, she decided to try her luck in the Great North Run half Marathon in 2018, where she finished 2nd.

    She started 2019 with a bang becoming the youngest woman in history to win the London Marathon.

    She also set the 3rd fastest time in the history of the London Marathon after Paula Radcliffe in 2005 and Mary Keitany in 2017.

    Her win was overshadowed by Kipchoge Keino's win and course record of 2 hours 2 minutes 37 seconds.

    The Great North Run is touted as the world's largest half marathon and takes place from Newcastle to South Shields September of every year.

    Kenyan athlete Mary Keitany. She was 4th in the Great North Run Marathon.

    Kenyan women have won the previous 7 competitions. The last Kenyan man to win was Wilson Kipsang in 2012.

    Mo Farah, the winner of the men's race in 2019 Great North Run half marathon has now won 7 in a row.