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Who is Brigid Kosgei, ahead of the 2021 London Marathon?

Joshua Rogers September 29, 2021
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The London Marathon returns this weekend after a two-year hiatus for amateurs. Elite runners were able to compete last year, with the women’s field dominated by a certain Kenyan runner. So, who is Brigid Kosgei?

The London Marathon returns this weekend

The London Marathon returns in its full form this weekend (3 October) for the first time in more than two years.

More than 40,000 runners are expected take to London’s streets on Sunday, with a further 40,000 participating virtually.

Only elite races took place in 2020 because of covid restrictions, with amateurs last competing in April 2019.


This will be the first time the race on its traditional course from Blackheath to The Mall has been held in October.

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Brigid Kosgei looking for London three-peat

Defending champion Brigid Kosgei is one of the stand-out names heading into the London Marathon this weekend.

The women’s world record-holder and Tokyo Olympic silver medallist is aiming for her third successive London win at the event.

The Kenyan won the 2019 London Marathon after finishing in a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds.

She became the youngest woman to win the marathon in London, aged just 25 at the time.

She followed that by winning the 2020 London Marathon after dominating on the lapped course around St James’s Park.

Her biggest challenge is likely to come from fellow Kenyan Joyceline Jepkosgei.

This will be Jepkosgei’s debut in London and just the third marathon of her career.

She won the New York City Marathon in 2019 and followed that up with a second-place finish at the Valencia Marathon.

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Brigid Kosgei’s running career so far

Brigid Jepchirchir Kosgei was born on 20 February 1994 in Sinon, Kapsowar, Kenya.

The 27-year-old has dominated women’s marathon running during the past few years.

She first burst on to the scene by winning the Chicago Marathon in 2018, clocking a time of 2 hours, 18 minutes, 35 seconds.

Kosgei won the 2019 London Marathon and then smashed the world record at the 2019 Chicago Marathon, posting a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds.

She was beaten to the gold medal in the Tokyo Olympics by Peres Jepchirchir, who outlasted Kosgei in the hot temperatures.

Brigid will be looking to bounce back with a big win in London this weekend.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.