Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei wins 2020 London Marathon
London, Oct. 4, 2020 (AltAfrica)-Defending champion Brigid Kosgei of Kenya is the 2020 women’s London Marathon winner.
It’s been a different elite race for the London Marathon this year but it’s business as usual for Kosgei as she successfully defends her title. So strong in the latter stages. Just too good.
Kosgei’s winning time was two hours, 18 minutes and 28 seconds. That’s some four minutes off her world-record time, set in Chicago last year – but given the lack of big-race preparation and weather conditions today, that’s no real surprise.
The 26-year-old Kenyan, who broke Paula Radcliffe’s world record in Chicago last year, went clear of world champion Ruth Chepngetich after mile 18.
She finished alone on The Mall in two hours 18 minutes and 58 seconds to claim the $30,000 (£23,200) prize.
“The weather is not good,” Kosgei tells Gabby Logan on the BBC. “We haven’t had much time to prepare … I had some struggles out there.” She adds that she hopes to come back next year and defend her title. Priority No 1 will be getting off the Mall – she looks absolutely freezing.
American athlete, Sara finishes second while another Kenyan, Chepngetich reigning world champion settles for third.
Hall, who has promised to donate her winnings to children charities her adopted children’s native Ethiopia, sprinted clear in the final few hundred metres.
The London Marathon, rescheduled from its traditional April date because of coronavirus, is taking place over 19 laps around St James’s Park.