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

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

Eliud Kipchoge has ran a marathon in an incredible one hour, 59 minutes and forty seconds.

The Kenyan is the first athlete to run a sub-two-hour marathon - a whopping 26.2 miles.

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Olympian Kipchoge took on the 1:59 Ineos Challenge in Vienna, but because it's not an open competition he won't earn himself a world record. Don't feel too bad for him though, because he already holds the current world record after he took on the Berlin Marathon and finished in 2:01:39.

Kipchoge, 34, made the run look easy, while pacers had to work on rotation to keep up.

A delighted 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."

Eliud Kipchoge has run the first sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna. Credit: PA
Eliud Kipchoge has run the first sub-two-hour marathon in Vienna. Credit: PA
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Adding: "Absolutely remember the 41 pacemakers are among the best athletes ever in the world.

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"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 previously missed out on the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Monza in 2017 by just 26 seconds - so was raring to go in Vienna today.

Speaking to the BBC before he took on the challenge, Kipchoge said: "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.

Kipchoge (white vest) says the Vienna marathon is about 'making history'. Credit: PA
Kipchoge (white vest) says the Vienna marathon is about 'making history'. Credit: PA

"I am trying to stay as calm as possible."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News

Claire Reid

Claire is a journalist at LADbible who, after dossing around for a few years, went to Liverpool John Moores University. She graduated with a degree in Journalism and a whole load of debt. When not writing words in exchange for money she is usually at home watching serial killer documentaries surrounded by cats. You can contact Claire at [email protected]