Brigid Kosgei conquers all to win London Marathon women title
- Brigid Kosgei turned on the style on Sunday afternoon shocking pre-race favourites Vivian Cheruiyot and Mary Keitany to win the 2019 London Marathon in 2: 18:19 hrs.
Brigid Kosgei turned on the style on Sunday afternoon shocking pre-race favourites Vivian Cheruiyot and Mary Keitany to win the 2019 London Marathon in 2: 18:20 hrs.
Her win ensured that Kenya retained the women crown for the third straight year after Keitany won the 2017 title while Cheruiyot bagged the title last term
Kosgei left little doubt she would go a spot better than she did last year with a superb finish .
Running in a deep field billed as the greatest line-up ever put together, Kosgei completely took apart her opposition as she uncorked a personal best 2:18:20 for the victory.
It completed a phenomenal 12 months for the 24-year-old with her maiden win at the English capital coming just five months after her Chicago Marathon success.
Vivian Cheruiyot, the defending champion, clocked 2:20:14 for second after having tables turned on her with Ethiopian Roza Dereje completing the podium places in 2:20:51.
Australian Sinead Diver led the pack through to 25K in what was an incredible effort from the 42-year-old Australian but it was all Cheruiyot and Kosgei from beyond that point as the Kenyan pair tussled for the lead.
Kosgei proved the braver of the two, stretching Cheruiyot and inviting her to up the pace with the world ranked number 2 only affording one taste of the lead after a wobble. Kosgei put a frantic pace just after 35K and it seemed to have broken her compatriot.
She approached the final mile with it all to herself, staring down comfortably at the home run before powering home through the final 400m for the crown.
Deputy President William Ruto was quick to hail her, terming her victory as “exhilarating”
An exhilarating run by Brigid Kosgei to lead @VivianCheruiyot to a 1-2 Kenyan finish at the #LondonMarathon. A majestic, composed and confident performance. Great effort by Gladys Cherono and Mary Keitany. pic.twitter.com/P4TDIzOtRo
— William Samoei Ruto, PhD (@WilliamsRuto) April 28, 2019
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2. Mosinet Geremew (Eth) 02:02:55
3. Mule Wasihun (Eth) 02:03:16
4. Tola Shura Kitata (Eth) 02:05:01
5. Mo Farah (Gbr) 02:05:39
6. Tamirat Tola (Eth) 02:06:57
7. Bashir Abdi (Bel) 02:07:03
8. Leul Gebresilasie (Eth) 02:07:15
9. Yassine Rachik (Ita) 02:08:05
10. Callum Hawkins (Gbr) 02:08:14
ELITE WOMEN’S TOP TEN
1. Brigid Kosgei (Ken) 02:18:20
2. Vivian Cheruiyot (Ken) 02:20:14
3. Roza Dereje (Eth) 02:20:51
4. Gladys Cherono (Ken) 02:20:52
5. Mary Keitany (Ken) 02:20:58
6. Emily Sisson (Usa) 02:23:08
7. Sinead Diver (Aus) 02:24:11
8. Carla Salome Rocha (Por) 02:24:47
9. Birhane Dibaba (Eth) 02:25:04
10. Charlotte Purdue (Gbr) 02:25:38
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2. Marcel Hug (1:33:42)
3. Tomoki Suzuki (1:33:51)
WOMEN’S WHEELCHAIR TOP THREE
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3. Madison de Rozario – 1:49:43
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