Shadrack Kosgei Wins Second Crazy 8s Title

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 20, 2011
Shadrack Kosgei is the world's fastest 8K runner this year. Photo: PJ Star

Shadrack Kosgei is the world's fastest 8K runner this year. Photo: PJ Star

It was the world’s fastest 8K this year.

Clocking a blazing 22:21.3, Kenya’s Shadrack Kosgei won last weekend’s Crazy 8s in Kingsport, Tennessee. His victory was a repeat from last year. At the beginning of the race, Kosgei, along with a pack of 15 other runners, set a blazing, world-record pace (which would have been good for $10,008 in prize money). But the record was not broken thanks to a difficult uphill stretch on Fort Henry Drive at the Kingsport Town Center. The pack was then reduced to three.

Simon Ndirangu and Stephen Muange finished second and third respectively.

“During the first two miles, I was having difficulties in my body, I was a little tight,” Kosgei said afterwards. “But the next two miles I was good.”

His winning time was 19 seconds slower than Peter Guthika’s world record. However, it was the fastest 8K in the world this year.

“I was surprised the race was that quick,” recalled Kosgei. “I really like this kind of weather. Also, my friends, Simon [Ndirangu] and Julius [Koskei], did a good job pushing the pace.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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