Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei crossed the finish line of the Chicago Marathon Sunday and stepped into sports history by becoming the fastest woman to ever run a marathon.
And she not only broke the prior record, she smashed it.
Her time - 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds - was more than a minute faster than the record set by British runner Paula Radcliffe back in 2003.
Twenty-five year-old Kosgei - who also won the Chicago marathon in 2018 - said this year’s cheering crowd gave her the energy to run even faster.
Radcliffe, now 45, was on hand at the event and told reporters, “When I saw how fast Brigid was running in the first half of the race, I knew she had a good chance of getting the record.” Kosgei’s achievement came a day after Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to run a marathon in under two hours but the race, which took place in Vienna, will not count for record purposes because it did not adhere to certain official marathon rules.