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.
— Eliud Kipchoge (@EliudKipchoge) October 12, 2019
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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