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Kenyan Athlete Brigid Kosgei Set a New World Marathon Record

Kenyan athletes are on a record-breaking winning streak.

This past weekend, the 2019 Chicago Women's Marathon took place. Twenty-five-year-old Kenyan athlete Brigid Kosgei finished the marathon with a time of 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds, breaking the world record set sixteen years ago by Paula Radcliffe. Kosgei's impressive time was an entire six-and-a-half minutes ahead of Ethiopia's Ababel Yeshaneh who placed second ahead of Ethiopian runner, Gelete Burka, who then placed third, according to the BBC.


Radcliffe, the former world record-holder, was at the finish line to witness Kosgei break her longstanding record and congratulate the athlete on her victory. Speaking about Kosgei's win, Radcliffe said that, "We always knew the time was going to come and when I saw how fast Brigid was running in the first half of race I knew if she was going to hold it together she would do it. It was exactly 17 years ago today that I set my first world record in Chicago. That was a very special day for me and it is a very special day for Brigid today."

It has been a spectacular time for Kenyan runners these past couple of weeks. Most recently, Kenyan Olympic champion, Eliud Kipchoge, made history as he became the first athlete ever to finish a marathon in under two hours with a time of 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds. Describing his feat, Kipchoge said that, "It has taken 65 years for a human being to make history in sport. I am the happiest man to run under two hours. I am here to inspire everyone that it can be done."

Additionally, Kenyan Athlete, Geoffrey Kamworor, broke the Half Marathon World Record in Copenhagen last month. He beat the previous record set (unsurprisingly) by fellow Kenyan athlete, Abraham Kiptum, by 17 seconds.

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Interview: How Stogie T’s ‘Freestyle Friday’ Became a TV Show

Freestyle Friday started as lockdown content but is now a fully-fledged TV show on Channel O. In this interview, Stogie T breaks down why the show is revolutionary and talks about venturing into media.

When South Africa was put under a hard lockdown in 2020, Stogie T started Freestyle Friday to "make SA rap again." Freestyle Friday, hosted on Instagram, saw a different cohort of rappers each rap over the same beat picked by the veteran rapper. From niche and emerging rappers to some of the most notable names in South African hip-hop—the likes of AKA, Focalistic, Ginger Trill and several others all participated.

In the last few weeks, however, Freestyle Friday has found its way to cable TV. The show airs every Friday on Channel O, one of the continent's longest-running music TV channels. Freestyle Friday as a TV programme isn't just about freestyles, it's about the art of rapping and the music business, particularly SA hip-hop. Guests range from lyricists to record executives and other personalities aligned with the scene—Ninel Musson and Ms Cosmo for instance.

But Freestyle Friday is only the first media product Stogie T is working on as he is in the process of starting a podcast network, a venture in which he is collaborating with Culture Capital. In the Q&A below, Stogie T breaks down the relationship with Culture Capital, how the show moved from the internet to TV, why it's a revolutionary idea, touches on his venture into media and his future plans.

This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

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