Eliud Kipchoge makes history by becoming the first person to run a marathon in under 2 hours. The barrier was broken in the Austrian Capital of Vienna.
Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge made history by becoming the first person ever to run a marathon distance in under two hours. The 34-year old ran the 26.2 miles in just 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds.
Eliud Kipchoge makes history by becoming the first person to run a marathon in under 2 hours
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019
The barrier was broken at Vienna’s Prater-Hauptallee and is considered one of the finest achievements in Athletic performance. Unfortunately, since the challenge in Vienna was not an open competition, he will not be rewarded with a World record claim.
In fact, Ineos hasn’t even submitted a request to the IAAF for the attempt to be officially ratified. However, the Kenyan is still in possession of the current world record he set in the Berlin Marathon back in 2018 at 2 hours, 1 minute and 39 seconds.
Remember where you were when @EliudKipchoge ran 26.2 miles in 01:59:40.
— INEOS 1:59 Challenge (@INEOS159) October 12, 2019
Speaking after the marathon, Kipchoge said:
“I am feeling good. After Roger Bannister in 1954 it took another 63 years, I tried and I did not get it – 65 years, I am the first man – I want to inspire many people, that no human is limited.
“Absolutely remember the 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes ever in the world.
“I can say thank you to them, I appreciate them for accepting and together we made history on this one.
“We can make this world a beautiful world and a peaceful world. My wife and three children, I am happy for them to come and witness history.
“The positively of sport, I want to make it a clean sport and an interesting sport.”
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