Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashes two-hour marathon barrier (PHOTOS)
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge smashes two-hour marathon barrier
The 34-year-old ran the 26.2 miles in 1 hour, 59 minutes and 40 seconds at Vienna’s Prater-Hauptallee (main avenue) — an achievement considered one of the ultimate milestones in athletic performance.
“I am the happiest man,” Kipchoge said after the unofficial two-hour marathon, adding that he hopes to have inspired many that “no human is limited.”
Kipchoge’s first crack of going sub-two hour in Monza, Italy, was part of Nike’s Breaking2 project. This time he was being backed by petrochemical company Ineos in an attempt called the 1:59 Challenge.
Despite the achievement, the milestone won’t count as a world record. In fact, Ineos hasn’t even submitted a request to the IAAF for the attempt to be officially ratified.
Kipchoge was assisted by an army of 30 pacemakers. A pace car emitted a green laser to help keep time.
During the race, Kipchoge followed behind a car — a condition not allowed under IAAF sanctions — and was assisted by an army of 30 pacemakers.
Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulated Kipchoge in a tweet after the marathon: “You’ve done it, you’ve made history and made Kenya proud while at it.
“Your win today, will inspire tens of future generations to dream big and to aspire for greatness,” Kenyatta added.
“Hearty congratulations @EliudKipchoge. You’ve done it, you’ve made history and made Kenya proud while at it. Your win today, will inspire tens of future generations to dream big and to aspire for greatness. We celebrate you and wish you God’s blessings.” – President Kenyatta— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) October 12, 2019
Speaking before the marathon, Kipchoge said he was aware that there were critics of the manufactured conditions surrounding the attempt.
“The law of nature cannot allow all human beings to think together,” the reigning Olympic marathon champion said. “In breaking the two-hour barrier, I want to open minds to think that no human is limited. All our minds, all our thoughts are parallel. But I respect everybody’s thoughts.”
The 34-year-old said the challenge was different to competing in a race like the Berlin Marathon.
He added that the 1:59 Challenge is different to competing in a race like the Berlin Marathon, where he set the current world record in 2018.
“Berlin is running and breaking a world record,” said Kipchoge. “Vienna is running and making history — like the first man to go to the moon.”
|Eliud Kipchoge’s sub two-hour marathon – in pictures Kenyan marathon world record holder, Eliud Kipchoge, celebrates Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA|
|The Kenyan marathon world record holder and Olympic champion celebrates after the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA|
|Kipchoge points to the clock after completing four laps of a 9.4km circuit in the Prater, a park in the centre of the Austrian capital. Photograph: Ronald Zak/AP|
|The 34-year-old Kipchoge celebrates as he crosses the finish line – he had time to wave to fans on the final straight. Photograph: Bob Martin/AP|
|Kipchoge, who previously attempted the feat in Monza in 2017, triumphantly gestures to the crowd as he approaches the finish line. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters|
|Every kilometre of Kipchoge’s effort was completed in times of between 2’48” and 2’52”. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA|
|Lasers projected from a support car were used to help pacing and positioning for Kipchoge’s 41-strong team of pacesetters, who rotated seven at a time. Photograph: Jon Super for The INEOS 1:59 Challenge/PA|
|An aerial shot of Kipchoge and his group of seven pacemakers. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters|
|Kipchoge’s wife, second left, children and Ineos chairman and CEO Sir Jim Ratcliffe, top, cheer him on. Photograph: Jed Leicester/AP|
|Thousands of fans lined the course in Vienna to cheer on Kipchoge in his historic bid for a sub two-hour marathon. Photograph: Leonhard Föger/Reuters|
|The aerodynamics were painstakingly planned by Kipchoge’s support team. Photograph: REX/Shutterstock|
|Kipchoge stretches on the start line ahead of historic attempt. Photograph: Leonhard Föger/Reuters|
|Kenyan fans celebrate in Nairobi, watching the record-breaking moment on a big screen. Photograph: Simon Maina/AFP via Getty Images|
|Eliud Kipchoge is hugged by his wife Grace Sugutt after breaking the historic two-hour marathon barrier in Vienna. Photograph: Jed Leicester/AP|
—— AUTO – GENERATED; Published (Halifax Canada Time AST) on: October 12, 2019 at 04:53PM