Brigid KOSGEI

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Kenya Kenya
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    20 FEB 1994
    ATHLETE'S CODE
    14730790
  • ROAD RACE LABEL STATUS
    2020 Platinum
Brigid Kosgei winning the Chicago Marathon (AFP/Getty Images)

Current World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Score
Women's 10,000m 89 1158
Women's Marathon 4 1395
Women's Overall Ranking 47 1395
Women's Road Running 12 1221

Highest Ever World Ranking Positions

Discipline Place Duration
Women's 10,000m 87 for 3 weeks
Women's Marathon 1 for 95 weeks
Women's Overall Ranking 10 for 2 weeks
Women's Road Running 1 for 2 weeks
Highest ever World Rankings position is considered from 1/1/2019

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Venue Date Records Results Score
10,000 Metres 32:18.90 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 19 JUN 2021 1122
5 Kilometres 15:13 Lisboa (POR) 19 MAY 2019 1138
10 Kilometres 30:58 Atlanta, GA (USA) 04 JUL 2022 1195
10 Kilometres 29:54 * Madrid (ESP) 31 DEC 2018 1220
15 Kilometres 48:54 São Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2019 1128
Half Marathon 1:04:49 Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 21 FEB 2020 1239
Half Marathon 1:04:28 * South Shields (GBR) 08 SEP 2019 1238
Marathon 2:14:04 Chicago, IL (USA) 13 OCT 2019 WR, AR, NR 1295

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records Results Score
10 Kilometres 30:58 Atlanta, GA (USA) 04 JUL 2022 1195
Half Marathon 1:06:46 Lisboa (POR) 08 MAY 2022 1197
Marathon 2:16:02 Tokyo (JPN) 06 MAR 2022 1274

Outdoor

5 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2019 15:13 Lisboa (POR) 19 MAY 2019

Outdoor

10,000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2021 32:18.90 Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani, Nairobi (KEN) 19 JUN 2021

Outdoor

10 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2022 30:58 Atlanta, GA (USA) 04 JUL 2022

Outdoor

15 Kilometres

Performance Place Date
2019 48:54 São Paulo (BRA) 31 DEC 2019

Outdoor

Half Marathon

Performance Place Date
2022 1:06:46 Lisboa (POR) 08 MAY 2022
2021 1:06:01 Istanbul (TUR) 04 APR 2021
2020 1:04:49 Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 21 FEB 2020
2019 1:05:28 Manama (BRN) 15 MAR 2019
2018 1:06:49 Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) 09 FEB 2018
2017 1:06:35 København (DEN) 17 SEP 2017
2016 1:14:08 Seoul (KOR) 22 MAY 2016

Outdoor

Marathon

Performance Place Date
2022 2:16:02 Tokyo (JPN) 06 MAR 2022
2021 2:18:40 London (GBR) 03 OCT 2021
2020 2:18:58 London (GBR) 04 OCT 2020
2019 2:14:04 Chicago, IL (USA) 13 OCT 2019
2018 2:18:35 Chicago, IL (USA) 07 OCT 2018
2017 2:20:22 Chicago, IL (USA) 08 OCT 2017
2016 2:24:45 Lisboa (POR) 02 OCT 2016
2015 2:47:59 Porto (POR) 08 NOV 2015

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Marathon 2:27:36 Odori Park, Sapporo (JPN) 07 AUG 2021

Honours - Major Marathon

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Marathon 2:18:20 London (GBR) 28 APR 2019
1. Marathon 2:18:35 Chicago, IL (USA) 07 OCT 2018
2. Marathon 2:20:13 London (GBR) 22 APR 2018
2. Marathon 2:20:22 Chicago, IL (USA) 08 OCT 2017
8. Marathon 2:31:48 Boston, MA (USA) 17 APR 2017
Results in:

10 Kilometres

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
04 JUL 2022 AJC Peachtree Road Race, Atlanta, GA USAUSA E F 3. 30:58

Half Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 MAY 2022 EDP Meia Maratona de Lisboa, Lisboa PORPOR B F 2. 1:06:46

Marathon

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
06 MAR 2022 Tokyo Marathon, Tokyo JPNJPN GW F 1. 2:16:02

Last updated: 13 October 2019

Born: 20 Feb 1994. Coach: Erick Kimaiyo


Unlike many leading Kenyan athletes who first make their mark as an U18 or U20 athlete, Brigid Kosgei’s career path was somewhat different.

Born in Sinon village at Kapsowar, Kosgei was one of eight children in her family. But in 2012 she was forced to leave school because her family couldn’t afford the fees, meaning she missed out on sitting her final exams. Keen to do something with her days, Kosgei and her partner Mathew started to dedicate more time to training.

But two years later, Kosgei’s athletics ambitions had to be put on hold as she gave birth to twins, Faith and Brian. With support from Mathew, now her husband, Kosgei slowly got back into training with a view to entering road races.

Erick Kimaiyo, a 2:07:43 performer and runner-up at the 1997 Berlin Marathon, invited Kosgei to join the Kapsait Athletics Training Camp in Elgeyo Marakwet in 2015. Kosgei and her husband decided that Mathew would stay at home to look after the children while Kosgei stayed at the camp from Monday to Saturday each week.

Instead of testing the waters with a low-key 10km or half marathon, her first international race was the 2015 Porto Marathon in Portugal, which she won in 2:47:59. The time wasn’t earth-shattering, by any means, but it provided Kosgei, then 21, with valuable experience and a taste for success.

During the road running season the following April, Kosgei achieved her second marathon victory, winning the Milan Marathon in a huge PB of 2:27:45. Later that year, she reduced her best to 2:24:45 to finish second in Lisbon and ended 2016 with a victory at the Honolulu Marathon – a race her coach had won 20 years prior.

She took another big step up in 2017, finishing eighth at the Boston Marathon and second in Chicago in a PB of 2:20:22. She ended the year by retaining her Honolulu Marathon, smashing the course record with 2:22:15.

Kosgei’s progress continued through 2018 as she placed second at the London Marathon in 2:20:13 and then took almost two minutes off that PB with her 2:18:35 victory at the Chicago Marathon.

She has been undefeated in 2019, winning the Houston Half Marathon in a course record of 1:05:50, clocking a half marathon PB of 1:05:28 in Zallaq and winning the London Marathon in 2:18:20, another PB. She won at the Great North Run last month in 1:04:28, the fastest half marathon performance in history, although not eligible for record purposes given the downhill nature of the course.

Kosgei successfully defended her Chicago Marathon title in 2:14:04, but it appears as though she is still just getting started.