12 October 2019 17:06
Eliud Kipchoge made history at the Ineos 1:59 challenge, becoming the first man to run a marathon in under two hours. Kipchoge covered the 26.2 miles in 1:59:40, breaking his own record for the fastest marathon ever run. While it does not count as an official world record due to the use of rotating pacemakers and a guide car, the Kenyan's achievement is remarkable, averaging a pace of four and a half minutes per mile to breach the two hour barrier. We'll tell you what's true. You can form your own view.
From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. "I have tried to inspire many people, you can do it. It's dedication, it was a hard run," Kipchoge said after finishing. Relive the Kenyan's precedent setting run with our selection of 50 glorious pictures from Vienna. Eliud Kipchoge's sub two-hour marathon attempt Show all 70 left Created with Sketch. right Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Kipchoge previously fell 25 seconds shy of the mark in Italy in 2017, but with an improved, larger group of pacemakers supporting him, and crowds lining the Vienna circuit giving him an extra boost, he was able to improve his time by nearly half-a-minute to break a barrier that once seemed impenetrable. Kipchoge also holds the official marathon record – a time of 2:01:39 set at the Berlin Marathon last year. Among the spectators were the 34-year-old's wife and three children, and Kipchoge gave his thanks to his family at the finish. "It means a lot to Kenya, running under two hours, together we can make a beautiful world. "They (my wife and kids) have given me so much support, I'm happy they came here to witness history."