Marathon record holder Kosgei hopes London race will proceed in October

Monday, July 20th, 2020 00:00 |
Brigid Kosgei when she won the 2019 London Marathon. Photo/PD/FILE

World marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei is optimistic that the London Marathon rescheduled for October 4  will still take place.

Kosgei says she did not prepare for the now cancelled Chicago Marathon   because her focus is on the London Marathon, the only major road race remaining.

“My focus has been on the London Marathon from the beginning, not Chicago as many people assumed although I broke the world record on that course,” the former Honolulu Marathon champion told PD Sport.

Should the race proceed, Kosgei, 26, will be defending her London title which she wrested from Vivian Cheruiyot last year before going ahead to break the world record in Chicago in November.

“I hope it will be possible to defend my title which I have prepared well for. I do hope everything will go well since it is the only major marathon we have remaining in the calendar.”

Kosgei set the world record at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last year stopping the clock at 2:14:04 to end the record set by Paula Radcliffe in 2003 when Kosgei was just nine- years-old slicing a massive 81 seconds.

Kosgei was selected to Kenyan marathon team for the Tokyo Olympics that were slated to take place this year before they were postponed to next year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

The star, like many other top athletes in Kenya, started her career as a junior runner on track and moved progressively to marathons.

The runner from Elgeyo Marakwet  trains at Kapsait Athletics Training Camp under Rosa and Associate management .

Kosgei who is a staunch Catholic made her marathon debut in Porto, Portugal, finishing first in 2015.

In 2017 she was placed eighth at the Boston Marathon but that did deter her as she came second the same year at the Chicago Marathon. Kosgei is also a Great North Run champion.

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