Kosgei targets Olympic gold after smashing world report

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FILE PHOTO: Athletics – Chicago Marathon – Chicago, Illinois, United States – October 13, 2019 Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei reacts after profitable the ladies’s marathon setting a brand new world report Information/Mike Segar

ELDORET, Kenya (Information) – Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei, the fastest-ever girl marathon runner, has set her sights on subsequent yr’s Olympic video games, the place a win will solidify her place among the many biggest to have ever competed within the sport.The 25-year previous mom of twins smashed Briton’s Paula Radcliffe’s 16-year-old world report by 81 seconds on the Chicago Marathon in October, recording a time of two hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds to cap a shocking rise to the game’s summit for Kosgei who began competing internationally solely 4 years in the past.”After I went to compete (in Chicago) I didn’t assume that I’d break the report,” Kosgei instructed Information at an Athletics Kenya convention within the northwestern metropolis of Eldoret. “My purpose was to interrupt the course report (which was 2:17:18).”She doesn’t really feel any stress now after her record-breaking win or that she wants to revive some Kenyan satisfaction over the gap, the place, regardless of producing nice runners for many years, they’ve struggled to crack the Olympics after which been shamed.

They managed three successive silvers earlier than Jemima Sumgong lastly took their first gold in 2016, just for her victory to be tarnished by her failing a doping check lower than a yr later.

“It will likely be my first time on the Olympics, if I’m chosen,” Kosgei mentioned. “I need to obtain (my greatest) at in Tokyo, to deliver gold for Kenya.”Kosgei mentioned she doesn’t worry anybody and focuses solely on working her greatest whereas competing, a mentality formed by her win at her first worldwide marathon in Porto in 2015.”Profitable made me notice that I can run marathons,” she mentioned. “Earlier than that generally I’d be discouraged by others that marathons are actually robust. However I got here to comprehend, it’s not robust. It’s simply self-discipline and exhausting work and endurance.”Her aim since then has been to decrease her private greatest. “I’d simply hold reducing it till a couple of weeks in the past when God helped me in Chicago, the place I broke the report,” she mentioned.Kosgei mentioned she was dissatisfied by the scepticism in some quarters that the report went to Kenya, a rustic that has had its status as a world chief in athletics tarnished by way of performance-enhancing medication by a few of its athletes.From 2004 to August 2018, 138 Kenyan athletes examined optimistic for doping, in response to a World Anti-Doping Company report in September 2018.”I mentioned to myself they’ve examined me a number of occasions and they’d have caught me if I used to be utilizing medication,” she mentioned. “If any person has used one thing, that’s their drawback.”Kosgei additionally dismissed critics who’ve mentioned her report was unfairly aided by way of the most recent trainers from Nike.  The sneakers have carbon-fibre plates and a thicker midsole that the producers declare enhance working economic system by 4 or 5 p.c.A model of the sneakers are additionally worn by males’s marathon world-record holder Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge, who the day earlier than Kosgei’s Chicago win, recorded an astonishing, pacer-aided 1:59.40 in Vienna.”Sneakers don’t run, it’s the toes that run” Kosgei mentioned. “In case you are not in form and I take advantage of these sneakers it gained’t assist.”

Reporting by Omar Mohammed and Isaack Omulo, modifying by Mitch Phillips.