Kosgei Joins Kipchoge As IAAF Athlete Of The Year Nominee

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smiles after winning the women’s 2019 Bank of America Chicago Marathon with the World Record on October 13 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.  KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI / AFP

 

Brigid Kosgei, who broke the marathon world record at the weekend, was among 11 nominees announced Tuesday on the IAAF’s list of candidates for female world athlete of the year.

Kosgei’s fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who on Saturday became the first person to run the marathon distance in under two hours, was one of the 11 men nominated in a list released on Monday by the governing body of world athletics.

The two marathon runners are the only nominees not to have won a gold medal at the recent World Championships at Doha.

Kosgei, 25, shattered Britain’s Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record on Sunday, with a time of two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds in Chicago.

She is one of three Kenyans on the women’s list. The others are 3,000m steeplechase world record-holder and world champion Beatrice Chepkoech and two-time world 5,000m champion, Hellen Obiri.

Kipchoge is joined on the men’s list by fellow Kenyan Timothy Cheruyiot who won the 10,000m world title, on a men’s list dominated by Americans.

Sprinters Christian Coleman and Noah Lyles, pole vaulter Sam Kendricks, triple jumper Christian Taylor and 800m runner Donavan Brazier are all on the list.

Brazier is one of two nominees who are members of the controversial Oregon Project and were trained by Alberto Salazar, who was banned for doping as the world championship began. The other is Ethiopian-born Dutch athlete Sifan Hassan, who won both the women’s 1,500m and 10,000m in Doha.

Women’s nominees:

Beatrice Chepkoech (KEN), Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce (JAM), Katarina Johnson-Thompson (GBR), Sifan Hassan (NED), Brigid Kosgei (KEN), Mariya Lasitskene (ANA), Malaika Mihambo (GER), Dalilah Muhammad (USA), Salwa Eid Naser (BRN), Hellen Obiri (KEN), Yulimar Rojas (VEN)

Men’s nominees:

Donavan Brazier (USA), Christian Coleman (USA), Joshua Cheptegei (UGA), Timothy Cheruyiot (KEN), Steven Gardiner (BAH), Sam Kendricks (USA), Eliud Kipchoge (KEN), Noah Lyles (USA), Daniel Stahl (SWE), Christian Taylor (USA), Karsten Warholm (NOR).

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Kenya’s Kosgei Shatters Radcliffe World Record In Chicago Marathon

 

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei shattered Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old women’s marathon world record Sunday, winning the Chicago Marathon in two hours, 14 minutes and four seconds.

Kosgei broke the mark of 2:15:25 set by Radcliffe in the London Marathon on April 13, 2003 as she won in Chicago for the second straight year.

Kosgei, the 25-year-old who won the London Marathon in April and clocked the fastest half-marathon in history this year of 1:04:28 at the Great North Run, quickly separated herself from the women’s field as she ran with two male pace-setters.

She crossed the finish line alone, with Ethiopians Ababel Yeshaneh and Gelete Burka a distant second and third in 2:20:51 and 2:20:55.

While the IAAF recognizes the 2:17:01 clocked by Mary Jepkosgei Keitany at the 2017 London Marathon as a “women only” world record posted without male pace-setters, it’s Radcliffe’s mark — so long untouchable — that has been the grail for female marathon runners.

Kosgei’s performance continued a remarkable weekend in the punishing event, coming a day after fellow Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to break two hours at the distance when he clocked 1hr 59min 40.2sec on a specially prepared course in a Vienna park.

Kosgei signalled her intentions with an astonishing first five kilometers in 15:28 — so far inside Radcliffe’s world record pace that it seemed she might have ruined her chances out of the gate.

But she settled into a more sustainable pace and powered relentlessly to the finish line.

Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono won a men’s race that came down to the wire in 2:05:45 — barely edging Ethiopia’s Dejene Debela who was second in 2:05:46 with another Ethiopian, Asefa Mengstu, third in 2:05:48.

Last year’s winner Mo Farah of Britain was never a factor — finishing a distant eighth in 2:09:58.

It was a disappointing end for Farah to a week that began amid a hail of questions about the scandal surrounding his former coach Alberto Salazar.

US distance running guru Salazar has been banned for four years by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for a string of doping violations.

Salazar has denied wrongdoing, but Nike shut down its Oregon Project running group headed by Salazar, and four-time Olympic gold medalist Farah arrived in Chicago for his defence to find himself again denying any irregularities during his time with the coach.