Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has become the first man to run a marathon in under two hours after finishing the forty-two-kilometer race with some seconds to spare in Vienna, Austria.
The world marathon record holder and Olympic champion completed the race in 1 hr 59:40 minutes on Saturday morning on a course around Vienna’s Prater Park.
Kipchoge was guided by a team of over 40 pacesetters consisting of renowned athletes, who took turns to lead the marathoner in his attempt to finish the marathon in under two hours.
An electric pace car was also instrumental in the challenge, shining green lasers on the racetrack to lead the team.
The athlete averaged 2.50 minutes per kilometer, hitting the halfway mark 59.35 minutes.
This was the marathoner’s second attempt to break the 2-hour barrier after missing the mark by 26 seconds in Monza two years ago.
Commenting on the win, Kipchoge said “I am feeling good, after Roger Bannister it took another 65 years to make history,”
“Now I’ve gone under two hours to inspire other people and show the world that nobody is limited.” He added.
The marathon, dubbed INEOS 1.59 challenge, was sponsored by the British chemical company INEOS.