Kenyan Runner Eliud Kipchoge Makes History By Finishing A Marathon Under 2 Hours

Eliud Kipchoge from Kenya just became the first person in history to run a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge ran the first-ever sub two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec.on Saturday.

Cheered on by thousands of fans, the Kenyan world record holder and Olympic champion completed four laps of a 9.4km circuit around the Prater, a park in the centre of the Austrian capital.

Kipchoge achieved the feat with a team of 41 in-and-out pacemakers, seven at a time, whose positions were guided by lasers projected on the road from a support car in front. 

These assisted conditions, and the fact the run was not part of an open event, mean his achievement will not count as an official world record.

He remained on target throughout the effort, running each kilometre consistently in around 2’50”. Five pacemakers ran shoulder-to-shoulder in front of Kipchoge, with one man on either side.

Branded the ‘Ineos 1:59 Challenge’, Battersea Park in London was initially discussed as a potential venue. The 34-year-old previously attempted the feat at Monza in Italy in 2017, falling short by 26 seconds.

Kipchoge said: 

I am feeling good. It has taken 65 years for a human to make history in sport. After Roger Bannister [running a sub four-minute mile in 1954] it took another 65 years … I’m happy to be the man to run under two hours. No human is limited, and I’m expecting more people to do it after today.

“he 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes in the whole world … to all of them I want to say thank you, thank you for doing the job. We made history together.

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