Brigid Kosgei seeks redemption in London after last year's heartbreaking exit

Brigid Kosgei seeks redemption in London after last year's heartbreaking exit

Festus Chuma 11:08 - 19.04.2024

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei is keen to redeem herself at the London Marathon after an early dropout last year.

Former world marathon record holder Brigid Kosgei is poised for a determined comeback at the London Marathon this Sunday. 

Following her sudden withdrawal from the race last year just minutes after the start, Kosgei has expressed her readiness for redemption.

"Last year, I wasn’t well but this year I’ve come ready to race well again. I’ve prepared well in Kenya and I’ll be ready to do my best on Sunday. I’m happy to be here again," Kosgei remarked, reflecting on her challenging experience in 2023 when she had to drop out early due to physical difficulties. 

Despite this setback, her spirits remain high and her preparation has been rigorous.

Kosgei's track record in London is impressive, with victories in 2019 and 2020, and a fourth-place finish in 2021. 

However, the 2023 race was a different story as she began limping two minutes into the race and withdrew after just three minutes. 

This year, she returns with not only hopes of conquering London once more but also with an eye on the upcoming Olympic Games in Paris.

“The selection for the Kenyan team is very competitive. It’s very difficult to make the team, so it depends how they do the selection. It will be hard," Kosgei stated, acknowledging the challenges ahead as she aims to secure a spot on her national team.

The competition in London will be fierce, with fellow Kenyans Ruth Chepngetich and Olympic champion Peres Jepchirchir, alongside strong contenders like Ethiopia's Tigst Assefa and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, the 2022 London Marathon winner. 

Her performance on Sunday will be crucial not only for her redemption in London but also for her Olympic aspirations.

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