Eliud Kipchoge made history in Vienna when he became the first-ever to run a sub-two-hour marathon in a time of 1hr 59min 40sec. The Kenyan athlete is a world record holder.
Kipchoge achieved the feat with a team of 41 pacemakers, whose positions were guided by lasers projected on the road from a support car in front. The achievement though would not be counted as an official record due to assisted conditions.
“I am feeling good. It has taken 65 years for a human to make history in the 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, Kipchoge said.
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“The 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,” he added.