Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei smashed the coures record at the 45th edition of the Honolulu Marathon that was held on Sunday (10) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
Kosgei’s time was nothing short of remarkable. The defending champion, who ran 2:31.11 here last year and who has a personal best of 2:20:22, ran aggressively from the start, splitting 10-K in 32:45 with company from compatriots Nancy Kiprop, a Honolulu debutante, and Joyce Chepkirui, the race’s 2015 champion. The rest of the field was already more than two and one-half minutes behind.
By the half-way mark 1:11.50, only Kiprop was bold enough to stay with her. As it began to lash the athletes in the Hawaii Kai neighborhood, Kiprop did her best to stay with Kosgei, nearly matching strides with her through 25-K mark in 1:25.13. But with pace being too high on her she too had to let go crossing the finish line in second place in 2:29.15.
Chepkirui, who had drifted back by 11 seconds, would soon begin to struggle, and ultimately faded to finish a distant third in 2:33.17.
Kosgei cut the tape in a new course record of 2:22.14 breaking the previous course record of 2:2719 that was set by Lyubov Denisova in 2006.
“Last year was very hot, but today I feel that it is good,” said Kosgei after catching her breath. Saying she had big goals, she continued: “Maybe next year, I want to improve to run 2:18 or 2:17. I want to break the course record (in New York, London, or Boston).”
“I think we’ve been seeing, especially from last year, that people can run very fast in Honolulu,” remarked Honolulu Marathon Association CEO, Dr. Jim Barahal. He continued: “I think there is a vast talent pool, we are tapping into that next level pool and people are emerging and running times that were thought impossible at Ho
Kosgei pocketed $10,000 course record bonus, plus another $15,000 in time bonuses for going sub-2:28.
- Brigid Kosgei (KEN) 2:22.14
- Nancy Kiprop (KEN) 2:29.15
- Joyce Chepkirui (KEN) 2:33.17