Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge has become the first athlete to complete his marathon covering 26.2 miles (42.2km) of distance under two hours. He achieved this feat in one hour 59 minutes and 40 seconds in Ineos 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria on Saturday.
However, Kipchoge’s achievement will not be recognised as the official marathon world record since it was not an open championship and the 34-year-old Kenyan used a team of rotating pacemakers. The current record of running the fastest marathon is also held by Kipchoge, who won the Gold Medal in the last Olympics.
The Kenyan also holds the official marathon world record of 2:01:39, achieved in Berlin in Germany last year.
“This shows no-one is limited,” BBC News quoted him as saying. He champion athlete added, “Now I’ve done it, I am expecting more people to do it after me.”
Kipchoge has also won the famous London marathon four times. On Saturday, soon after he achieved the feat, he was mobbed by his pacemakers and wife Grace.
“This shows the positivity of sport. I want to make it a clean and interesting sport. Together when we run, we can make it a beautiful world,” he said.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent his “hearty congratulations”, writing on Twitter, “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.”
“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
Kipchoge’s record-breaking attempt was funded by petrochemicals company Ineos, owned by Britain’s richest man, Sir Jim Ratcliffe. Shoe brand Nike had provided Kipchoge with a new model of the shoe that has been worn by athletes running the five fastest marathons in history.