Kosgei, Chepngetich, Jepchirchir headline stellar Kenyan cast in London Marathon chase

Kosgei, Chepngetich, Jepchirchir headline stellar Kenyan cast in London Marathon chase

Festus Chuma 14:00 - 16.04.2024

Three Kenyan women aim to break the women’s-only marathon world record at the 2024 TCS London Marathon.

Three of the top four fastest women in marathon history, all from Kenya, are set to take center stage at the 2024 TCS London Marathon, aiming to break the women's-only world record. 

This elite trio, comprised of Brigid Kosgei, Ruth Chepngetich, and Peres Jepchirchir, are gearing up for what could be a historic race on the streets of London.

Brigid Kosgei, who previously set the world record at the 2019 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2:14:04, is the veteran of the group. 

She has been in top form since breaking Paula Radcliffe's longstanding record and is no stranger to the pressures of big-city marathons. 

Joining Kosgei is Ruth Chepngetich, the fourth-fastest woman of all time with a personal best of 2:14:18. 

Chepngetich's aggressive racing style and ability to maintain a blistering pace make her a serious threat to the current record.

Rounding out the trio is Peres Jepchirchir, the reigning Olympic champion. 

Jepchirchir's tactical acumen and proven track record, especially in championship races, position her as a key challenger in this record-breaking attempt. 

Her victory at the Tokyo Olympics showcased her endurance and determination, qualities necessary for a successful run in London.

The current women's-only world record was set by Mary Keitany during the 2017 London Marathon, with a time of 2:17:01. 

However, with advancements in training and competition, this record has been under threat, particularly with the recent performances of these Kenyan athletes.

Hugh Brasher, Event Director of the TCS London Marathon, emphasized the significance of this race in the context of marathon history. 

"We are in a golden age of women’s marathon running," said Brasher. He added, "Despite the incredible achievements in recent years, Mary Keitany’s record has remarkably stood the test of time.

However, with athletes like Kosgei, Chepngetich, and Jepchirchir in the field, alongside ten other women who have all run under 2:17:30, that record is under serious threat."

The race strategy for Kosgei, Chepngetich, and Jepchirchir will likely involve a collaborative effort with pacemakers to ensure a fast, consistent pace throughout. 

The London Marathon's unique setup, with elite women running separately from the men, provides an optimal environment for record-breaking performances. 

Additionally, the event will feature other top-tier athletes, including Ethiopia’s Tigst Assefa, the current world record holder, and Yalemzerf Yehualaw, the 2022 TCS London Marathon champion.

Local British talent such as Becky Briggs and Alice Wright who both represented Great Britain at the 2022 European Championships will also be participating. 

Elite Women

Tigist Assefa (ETH) 2:11:53

Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:14:04

Ruth Chepngetich (KEN) 2:14:18

Tigist Ketema (ETH) 2:16:07

Almaz Ayana (ETH) 2:16:22

Megertu Alemu (ETH) 2:17:09

Peres Jepchirchir (KEN) 2:17:16

Joyciline Jepkosgei (KEN) 2:17:23

Yalemzerf Yehualaw (ETH) 2:17:23

Sheila Chepkirui (KEN) 2:17:29

Tsige Haileslase (ETH) 2:22:10

Susanna Sullivan (USA) 2:24:27

Manon Trapp (FRA) 2:25:48

Becky Briggs (GBR) 2:29:04

Alice Wright (GBR) 2:29:08