Kosgei returns, says she will compete in 2020 Olympics

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Kenya’s world women Marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei has said she will compete in next year’s Olympics that will be held in Tokyo Japan.

The marathon bigwig jetted back in the country Wednesday from Chicago after setting a World record of 2hrs 14mins 04 secs in the Chicago marathon held last Sunday.

Brigid Kosgei who has finished in the top two in eight of the nine marathons that she has run in her career set a world record timing 2hrs 14mins 04 secs beating her personal best by more than four minutes.

The Kapsait based athlete now focuses on the 2020 Olympics where she will be making her debut.

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Kosgei’s coach Eric Maiyo has expressed his optimism with the progress that Brigid has made after smashing the world record.

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It has been a spectacular season for Brigid Kosgei who also won the 2019 London Marathon, becoming the youngest woman to win the event.

At the 2019 Great North Run, Kosgei won in a course-record time of 1hr 04 mins 28.23 seconds faster than the previous half marathon world record set by Joyciline Jepkosgei.

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In the meantime, Brigid Kosgei has been named among 11 nominees for the 2019 IAAF Female of the year award.

“The IAAF is pleased to confirm a list of 11 nominees for Female World Athlete of the Year who were selected by an international panel of athletics experts, comprising representatives from all six continental areas of the IAAF,” IAAF said.

Brigid made history on Sunday, setting a new World record of 2 hours 14 minutes and 04 seconds to win the Chicago Marathon.

Earlier this year, 25-year-old Kosgei ran the fastest ever 2nd half of a marathon to win her 1st London title.

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Kosgei is joined on the list by compatriots Beatrice Chepkoech and Hellen Obiri, who won world 3000m steeplechase and the world 5000m titles respectively in Doha, Qatar.

In what has been a remarkable year for Kenyan athletes, Chepkoech also bagged the 2019 Diamond League trophy, winning seven of her eight steeplechase races, while Obiri won the world cross-country title in Aarhus, on top of running a world-leading 14 minutes 20.36 seconds for the 5000m in London.

The awards are set for the 23rd of the same month in Monaco.

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