Brigid Kosgel wins the 2018 Chicago Marathon

Brigid Kosgel wins the 2018 Chicago Marathon

 BY SAMSON MBII/AFP,7TH OCT 2018-Brigid Kosgei  has won  this year’s Chicago Marathon in personal best of 2 hour, 18 minutes and 35 seconds .

Kosgei, who had
finished at London Marathon in April in another personal best of
2:20:13, broke away with a huge lead near the end of the race, outpacing
her closest competitor, Ethiopia’s Roza Dereje.

Kosgei
appeared to enjoy the rains as she put behind her loss to Ethiopia’s
Tirunesh Dibaba last year to win with the sixth fastest time ever in the
Windy City race.

Kosgei finished second in Chicago
last year, setting a big personal best of 2:20:22. Nine weeks later, she
won the Honolulu Marathon in 2:22:15, taking more than five minutes off
the course record.

Kosgei opened her 2018 season with a
boom, finishing second in London after losing the battle to compatriot
Vivian Cheruiyot, improving her personal best to 2:20:13.

Before
heading to Chicago, Kosgei clocked 1:07:52 effort at the Great North
Run, finishing a close second to London Marathon champion Vivian
Cheruiyot

“I was worried but the rains but I felt strong as I cruised on,”
said Kosgei, who edged out Dereje to second place in 2:21:18 as another
Ethiopian Shure Demise settled third in 2:22:15.

It
was also Kosgei’s maiden victory in the World Marathon Majors and she
will take home the winner’s prize purse of US$ 100,000 (Sh 10million).

The 24-year-old has now finished first or second in eight of her nine career marathons.

The
2015 and 2016 champion Florence Kiplagat settled fourth in 2:26:08 with
compatriot Veronicah Nyaruai finishing fifth but in personal best
2:31:34.

Last year Brigid finished second in the same competition.

Here are the results of the race

1. Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:18:35

2. Roza Dereje (ETH) 2:21:18

3. Shure Demise (ETH) 2:22:15

4. Florence Kiplagat (KEN) 2:26:08

5. Veronicah Nyaruai, (KEN) 2:31:34

6. Sarah Crouch (USA) 2:32:37

7 Taylor Ward (USA) 2:32:42

8 Kate Landau (USA) 2:33:26

9 Myrand Melanie (CAN) 2:34:08

10 Marci Klimek (USA) 2:34:53

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