Oct 13, 2019

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei breaks women's marathon world record

Brigid Kosgei winning a marathon in 2019 in Newcastle, Great Britain. Photo: Richard Sellers/PA Images/Getty Images

Kenya's Brigid Kosgei retained her title at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, breaking the women's marathon world record with a recorded time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds, the BBC reports.

The big picture: The 16-year-old record was previously held by the U.K.'s Paula Radcliffe, who set a mark of 2:15:25 at the London Marathon in 2003. On Saturday, Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya smashed the 2-hour barrier for a marathon, but he didn't technically break the world record — which he holds — because it wasn't an open event.

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Women won the weekend

Brigid Kosgei, Simone Biles and Coco Gauff. Photos: Kamil Krzaczynksi/AFP via Getty Images; Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images; Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images

Yesterday, Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon world record, Simone Biles became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history and 15-year-old Coco Gauff won her first singles tennis title.

Running: A day after Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge's feat, his countrywoman Kosgei ran the Chicago Marathon in 2:14:04, besting the previous women's world record by more than a minute (2:15:25).

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In photos: Hawaii's Ironman World Championship

Al Tarkington, 80-years-old, of the United States was the final finisher at the Ironman World Championships. Photo: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images for IRONMAN

So, it seems the theme of the weekend was "let's see how incredible the human body is when discipline, effort and talent collide."

The big picture: In addition to a pair of staggering marathon feats by Kenyan runners Eliud Kipchoge and Brigid Kosgei, this weekend also saw some of the world's best athletes descend on Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, for the 2019 Ironman World Championship.

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Nike's magic running shoes ignite debate

The Nike ZoomX Vaporfly Next%. Screenshot: Nike.com

Last weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under 2 hours and Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: "It appears that running, the original and most elemental of sports, now faces the same tradition vs. scientific innovation challenge that other sports have encountered," writes NYT's Amby Burfoot.

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