Brigid Kosgei spent a good portion of her Sunday morning in Tirunesh Dibaba’s shadow, literally, during the Chicago Marathon.
The two — Kosgei from Kenya and Dibaba from Ethopia — ran in harmony for the first three-quarters of the race that zig-zagged through the streets of Chicago.
But Dibaba left Kosgei — and the rest of the women’s field — in her dust, with just a motorcade in front of her filming her feat for posterity until she crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 18 minutes, 31 seconds.
Kosgei finished almost two minutes later to finish in 2:20.22. Jordan Hasay followed in quick fashion to finish third in 2:20.57, the second-fastest time ever by an American woman in a marathon.