Eliud Kipchoge Becomes First Athlete To Run Marathon In Under Two Hours

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Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge ran a 26.2 mile marathon in one hour, 59 minutes and forty seconds, making him the first athlete to complete a marathon in under two hours.

Kipchoge won’t earn a world record for this event since the 1:59 Ineos Challenge in Vienna was not an open competition. The Olympian does however hold the current world record which he took at the Berlin Marathon where he finished in 2:01:39.

Kipchoge, at 34, hardly seemed to break out a sweat while pacers worked on rotation to keep up with him.

Thrilled with his time, 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.”

Adding: “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.”

Kipchoge missed out on the 2017 Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Monza just 26 seconds and he was ready for today’s challenge in Vienna.

Speaking to the BBC prior to the challenge, Kipchoge said: “The course is extremely good – I feel more prepared and I am confident.’’

“That run in Berlin and this run in Vienna are two different things.

“Berlin was running and breaking a world record – Vienna is running and making history, like the first man to go to the moon.

“I am trying to stay as calm as possible.”

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Kash Khan is the creator of Educate Inspire Change(EIC). He founded EIC in 2012 to help keep people informed, to encourage people to expand their consciousness and to inspire people to reach for their dreams.
Since 2019 he has been going through the most transformative period of his life working with Sacred Plant Medicines out of Costa Rica and is now focusing much more on creating conscious content with the sole purpose of giving people more self-awareness so that they can heal mind, body & spirit and live a full life of meaning and purpose.

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