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2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Brigid Kosgei

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    2018 Bank of America Chicago Marathon Elite Runner: Brigid Kosgei
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    Brigid Kosgei of Kenya crosses the finish line to take second place during the Virgin Money London Marathon at United Kingdom on April 22, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

    Brigid Kosgei wowed fans last year with a second place finish in Chicago and a new personal best, 2:20:22, the sixth fastest time ever run in the Chicago Marathon.

    Name: Brigid Kosgei

    Country of origin: Kenya

    Standout races: Before her impressive performance last fall, Kosgei won the Houston Marathon for the second time in 2:22:14 and finished eighth in Boston in 2:31:48. She opened her 2018 season with a boom, finishing second in London in 2:20:13. Kosgei has finished first or second in seven of her eight career marathons.

    More about Brigid Kosgei: She began her running career on the grass, entering the Discovery Kenya cross country competition. Her talents were recognized early on and she transitioned to the roads in 2015. She won her first marathon in a modest 2:47:59, and then stunned her competitors at the 2016 Milan City Marathon when she set a 20 minute PR, 2:27:45, easily winning in a “gun-to-tape performance.” Since then, she has been a global force to be reckoned with.

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