Eliud Kipchoge of Kenya has broken his own world record being the only person to run a marathon in under two hours!
Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge has officially become the only person in the world to run a marathon in two hours beating out his current world record by 20 seconds.
While this is a major record that should go down in the history books, Kipchoge’s time won’t be considered a new world record officially. This is because the race that he was participating in was not an open competition. He also used a team of pacemakers to assist him in making remarkable timing.
Kipchoge was participating in the Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria where he ran the 26.2 miles (42.2km) in one hour 59 minutes 40 seconds.
During this marathon, Kipchoge was able to partner with Nike as he was dress in a new edition of Nike’s NEXT% marathon shoe. This shoe features a cushioning chamber in the forefoot, as well as ZoomX foam. The upper looks to be made of Flyprint 3D, which has been used on previous marathon shoes like the Zoom Vaporfly Elite.
This run in these shoes was vital as Kipchoge will be able to give Nike feedback on the product and others like the React and Pegasus series, as well as the Nike Zoom Vaporfly Elite runner as apart of Nike’s Breaking2.
“I am running to make history, to show that no human is limited. It’s not about money, it’s about showing a generation of people that there are no limits,” Kipchoge told reporters.
We’re sure we can expect to see him at the 2020 Olympics as he has already won three Olympic medals for distance. Bronze in 2004, a silver in 2008 and a gold in 2016.