- Brigid Kosgei
- 2:14:04 hour(s):minute(s):second(s)
- United States (Chicago)
The fastest marathon (female) is 2 hr 14 min 4 sec, and was achieved by Brigid Kosgei (Kenya), at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on 13 October 2019.
The Kenyan broke Paula Radcliffe's time of 2 hr 15 min 25 sec, a record that had stood since 2003. Kosgei finished a massive 6 min and 47 sec ahead of second place Ababel Yeshaneh, and Kosgei's time of 2 hr 14 min 4 sec time would have held the overall fastest marathon record in 1964.