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Date: Saturday, 16 December 2023

Brigid Kosgei Breaks Course Record In Abu Dhabi With Eyes On Second Olympics

Is the former world record holder on the hunt to take her title back?

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Published: December 16, 2023 2:31 pm

In her first marathon since the November TCS New York City Marathon, Kenyan long-distance runner Brigid Kosgei conquered the ADNOC Abu Dhabi Marathon today, shattering the women’s course record

The fifth edition of the event witnessed Kosgei’s remarkable achievement as she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 19 minutes, and 15 seconds

Brigid Kosgei Breaks Course Record In Abu Dhabi With Eyes On Second Olympics 1Photo Credit: Paul Hudson

Kosgei’s triumph not only marked her dominance in the women’s race but also saw her surpass the previous course record set by Bahraini runner Eunice Chumba last year.

Chumba’s record of 2:20:41 was taken down by Kosgei’s outstanding performance, earning her not only the winner’s cheque of $50,000 but also an additional $30,000 for breaking the course record.

The 29-year-old Olympic silver medallist expressed her joy at the victory, stating, “This was my first time in Abu Dhabi. My aim from the outset was to win this race. Now I have done it in a course record time, and I want to come back next year to defend my title.”

Overcoming windy and humid conditions, Kosgei pulled ahead of the pack after the 30km mark, securing a comfortable lead. 

Reflecting on her race, she said, I had something to prove after New York, and I’m really happy it all turned out well for me. I loved the crowd here in Abu Dhabi. A lot of people lined up in the streets to cheer me throughout the race, and that encouraged and motivated me more to win this race.”

Brigid Kosgei Breaks Course Record In Abu Dhabi With Eyes On Second Olympics 2Photo Credit: Paul Hudson

Despite the course record and her stellar performance, Kosgei remained humble when speaking about her chances of making the Kenyan national team for the 2024 Paris Olympics

“Kenya has strong marathon runners, and it’s not easy to get into the final three,” she remarked. “If I’m selected, it would be really great for me to compete in my second Olympics. If not, I will concentrate on the other major marathons.”

Brigid Kosgei’s return to form in Abu Dhabi after recovering from injuries demonstrates her resilience and sets the stage for her pursuit of further accolades, including a potential spot in the upcoming Olympic Games.

As one of the most accomplished marathon runners, with multiple victories in major marathons, Kosgei’s legacy continues to grow in the world of long-distance running.

Brigid Kosgei Breaks Course Record In Abu Dhabi With Eyes On Second Olympics 3Photo Credit: Jan Kraus

In the men’s category, the spotlight shone on Eritrean athlete Amare Hailemichael Samson, who ended Kenya’s winning streak at the event by securing first place. 

Samson completed the marathon in 2 hours, 7 minutes, and 10 seconds, claiming a significant victory in his marathon debut. Leonard Barsoton of Kenya and Ilham Ozbilan of Turkey secured the second and third positions, respectively, in the men’s race.

The Adnoc Abu Dhabi Marathon, hosting over 23,000 runners across various distances, proved to be a platform for outstanding athletic achievements, with Brigid Kosgei and Amare Hailemichael Samson emerging as the elite champions in the women’s and men’s categories.


1.Brigid Jepchirchir KOSGEIKEN2:19:15
2.Hawi Feysa GEJIAETH2:24:03
3.Ethlemahu Sintayehu DESSIETH2:25:36
4.Aurelia Jerotich KIPTUIKEN2:28:59
5.Emily Chebet KIPCHUMBAKEN2:29:52
6.Tinebeb Nebiyu ALIETH2:31:32
7.Mulu Seboka SEYFUETH2:41:09
8.Aynalem Woldewariyat WOLDEMICHAELETH2:42:25
9.Etaferahu Dubale BETRIEETH2:52:47
10.Yayesh Mola FIKREETH2:58:30


1.Amare Hailemicael SAMSONERI2:07:10
2.Leonard BARSOTONKEN2:09:37
3.Ilham Tanui OZBILENTUR2:10:16
4.Gideon Kangwony CHEPKONGAKEN2:11:17
5.Isaac Kipsang TEMOIKEN2:11:34
6.Dametew Dechasa BEYENEETH2:11:55
7.Andrew Rotich KWEMOIUGA2:11:59
8.Micah Kipkosgei CHEMWENOKEN2:12:16
9.Philip KIPTOOUGA2:13:26
10.Chuchu MARUETH2:17:12

Brigid Kosgei Breaks Course Record In Abu Dhabi With Eyes ...

Brigid Kosgei Smashes Abu Dhabi Marathon Course Record

Sharing the honours on the day was Samson, who ended Kenyan stranglehold in the men’s event.

The Eritrean clocked two hours, seven minutes and 10 seconds to come home clear of Kenya's Leonard Barsoton (2:09:37) and Turkey’s Ilham Ozbilan (2:10:16).

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