Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge runs fastest marathon ever at 2 hours, 24 seconds

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But now, 63 years to the day since Bannister's historic run, a new horizon beckons. "The aim of "Breaking2" was to pass the message that running less than two-hour marathon is possible". But a lot can go wrong between 13.1 and 26.2 miles.

The BBC report that the sub-two hour marathon would require Kipchege to run 17 seconds for 100 metres 422 times consecutively.

But it's hard to underestimate the enormity of the task. However, the corporation's curated race was disqualified from being considered for the world record because it didn't follow regulations on pacing and hydrating.

All three athletes wore custom versions of Nike's Zoom Vaporfly Elite, an ultra-light but still impressively cushioned racing shoe designed specifically for the Breaking2 attempt. "The is not the end of the attempt of runners on two hours", he told Reuters, using the analogy of trying to climbing a tree. Within a couple of months after he did that, it was broken three more times.

"It'll happen. we're all expecting it, it's just a matter of when".

Eliud Kipchoge has come the closest to the two-hour goal. The temperature was around 10 degrees, just about ideal for marathon running.

The pacemakers were made up of world class runners including Bernard Lagat of the United States of America.

The 32-year-old Kenyan did break his personal best time of 2:03:05, which was set at the London Marathon last year. At a test event in Monza, Kipchoge completed a half-marathon on the circuit in a time of 59min 17sec. The race was run on a Formula 1 track in Italy that is designed with a grade flawless for speed. The race will use pace runners and a hydration strategy that disqualifies it for a new record, but the company refutes the suggestion that it's a marketing stunt created to showcase the new Zoom Vaporfly Elite more than the runners who wear the shoe.

Will it count as a record?

There were several reasons why this specialized effort will not be recognized by the IAAF as the marathon record.

Dennis Kimetto of Kenya crosses the finish line at the Berlin Marathon in 2014, setting the world record at 2:02:57.


This attempt at a sub-2:00 marathon will take place on Saturday at 5:45 a.m.

As mentioned, many still think the 2-hour marathon is impossible.

"I want to see it done under the circumstances marathoners usually run in without any ergogenic aids", he said.

Bedford served as race director of the London Marathon for two decades until stepping down in 2011. The world record has been shaved seven times since 2000 by a grand total of 2 minutes and 50 seconds.

The one thing Nike couldn't measure before the race was the runners' grit. This journey has been good. "They've certainly got the right person to do this experiment with".

"We are human", Kipchoge said.

"We're looking at hydration and nutrition".

The finished product looks futuristic, the sort of shoe meant to strut on a catwalk rather than pound around a racetrack.

Can a two-hour marathon be run?

The Kenyan ended the race with the same calm smile, but he couldn't achieve the feat. In a nice touch, this enterprise was held on the 61st anniversary of Roger Bannisters breaking the 4-minute mile barrier. Come Saturday, all shall be revealed.

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