• 25-year-old Kenyan ran 2:14:03 in Chicago
• Paula Radcliffe’s record stood for over 16 yearsPaula Radcliffe’s world marathon record, which has stood imperiously for over 16 years, has been obliterated by Brigid Kosgei at the Chicago marathon. The 25-year-old Kenyan ran 2:14:03 to beat Radcliffe’s best of 2:15:25 by an astonishing 81 seconds.
The whispers all week in Chicago had been that Kosgei was intending to make a serious assault on Radcliffe’s time. And in cold and sunny conditions – perfect for the marathon – she knew the attempt was on, especially when the winds died down on Sunday morning.