Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered a 16-year-old world record in the women’s marathon by 81 seconds, after a dominant run at the Chicago Marathon, where she posted 2:14:04 on Sunday.
This performance, came just a day after another Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge became the first man to have completed 42km in under two hours on Saturday in Vienna, Austria.
Kenya now holds all the four records in both men and women’s in full and half marathons.
Kosgei lowered the 2:15:25 time of British Paula Radcliffe who had held the record since 2003 posted at the London Marathon.
And just like Radcliffe, Kosgei needed the push from men to lower the world’s time.
Compatriot Mary Keitany holds the female-only record of 2:17:01 from the 2017 London Marathon.
Kosgei, 25 won the Virgin London Marathon where her compatriot Kipchoge shuttered the men’s world record.
Having watched Kipchoge beat the two hour barrier on Saturday, Kosgei went to the race as a favourite to retain the title she won in 2018 when she turned up with the fastest half-marathon ever by a woman (by 23 seconds) on September 8 on a non-record-eligible course.
Kenya also won the men’s race after Lawrence Cherono beat Ethiopian Dejene Debela by a second after stopping the clock in 2:05:45.
British Mo Farah, who was the defending champion finished eighth in 2:09:58 even as he grappled with a bad PR after his former coach Alberto Salazar was banned in the US.
Another of former Salazar’s coached athlete Jordan Hasay, the top US woman in the field, crossed 5km at a slow 22:20 and registered no further timings.
The last of the World Major Marathon season will conclude with the New York City Marathon on November 3, where defending champions Mary Keitany and Lelisa Desisa and 2018 Boston Marathon champion Des Linden will face off.